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Minister for Education Bill Shorten joined local MP Darren Cheeseman at Grovedale Secondary College today to talk about how the Rudd Labor Government’s Better Schools Plan will benefit students and the local economy in Geelong.

The Better Schools Plan will deliver the tools and resources we know lead to better student learning outcomes, including more one-on-one attention based on the individual needs of each child.

There are around 21,000 students in 71 schools in the electorate of Corangamite which will receive more than $100 million extra public funding in the 2019 school year compared to 2013 under the Better Schools Plan – a 50 per cent increase over six years.

On average each school in the electorate of Corangamite will be around $1.5 million better off in 2019 compared to 2013.

Grovedale College could benefit from around $4.8 million more in the 2019 school year compared to 2013, a 51 per cent increase per student.

Funding for this commitment is already included in the budget.

This investment could go towards:

  • Literacy and numeracy specialists to work one-on-one with students who need extra help.

  • Learning and support staff such as educational psychologists, speech pathologists or social workers.

  • Classroom modifications and new assistive technology for students with disability.

  • Class sets of textbooks to lift the financial burden from parents.

  • More high quality vocational education and training opportunities for students.

This new funding builds on Federal Labor’s record in delivering better schools in the local area.  In the electorate of Corangamite there was more than $100 million approved for 142 Building the Education Revolution projects including the building or upgrading of 34 classrooms, 18 libraries, 19 multipurpose halls and one language centre.

Grovedale Secondary College received almost $2 million for a new language centre under the BER.

In addition, Grovedale Secondary College received 439 computers to achieve a 1:1 student to computer ratio for students in Years 9-12 from the National Secondary School Computer Fund.

The Better Schools Plan will give every student in every Australian school the opportunity to reach their full potential and compete with the rest of the world, including those in Corangamite.

After reaching an historic agreement with the Victorian Government, almost 80 per cent of Australian students are now set to benefit from the Rudd Labor Government’s Better Schools Plan.