Media Release - $2 million for students in disadvantaged communities

A successful program at Matraville Sports High to get more disadvantaged kids into uni and TAFE would be expanded by a Shorten Labor Government with a $2 million investment in the proven UNSW-schools partnership model.

This election will be a choice between better schools and funding teaching resources under Labor, or more of the Liberals’ cuts and chaos.

The school deep engagement model involves UNSW School of Education supporting school leaders and teachers via intensive development and raising student academic outcomes.

This model has proven success in increasing access to tertiary education for schools in disadvantaged communities. The model has already been successfully demonstrated at Matraville Sports High School, which doubled the percentage of Year 12s going to university or TAFE.

It also achieved growth in all aspects of Year 9 literacy, exceptional growth in numeracy and literacy for indigenous students, and an increased percentage of students achieving Band 4 or higher across a broad range of HSC subjects.

These programs will be funded through Labor’s $174 million commitment to boost equity and participation in higher education.

This is on top of our plan to abolish Scott Morrison’s unfair cap on university places.

Abolishing the cap will give an extra 200,000 Australians the chance to go to university over the next decade.


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