ACT Gov allocates $12.5m to Set Up For Success 10-year plan for early childhood

ACT Gov allocates $12.5m to Set Up For Success 10-year plan for early childhood

by Freya Lucas

October 05, 2021

The ACT Government has announced major investments in education as it moves into the next phase of its 10-year Future of Education strategy, significantly increasing funding to “make education more inclusive, give students more of a say in their learning, support a workforce of the future and give young people the best possible start in life.”

 

An additional $51 million has been made available over the next four years, divided as follows: 

 

  • $12.5 million over four years to continue the ACT’s 10-year plan for early childhood education, Set Up For Success. The funds will support providers and services that cater for three-year-old children experiencing vulnerability or disadvantage. The funding will also increase the number of scholarships for an early childhood teacher degree to 12.
  • More than $21 million over the next four years to ensure all year 7 to 12 students have access to a Chromebook, including an additional $2.8 million over four years to provide internet access to any secondary school student who needs it and fund a new e-safety program.

 

  • A new $11.5 million Future of Education Equity Fund to replace the high school bursary scheme, reaching an estimated five times as many students.
  • An additional 25 youth and social workers will be employed at a cost of $7.4 million over the next four years to provide early intervention and support for students and their families.
  • $1.5 million for a two-year trial to provide 1,500 vulnerable students with access to free breakfast and lunch three days a week throughout the school year.

 

  • $450,000 over the next two years to work with young people with disabilities, their families, and the broader community to review how public schools deliver inclusive education.
  • $445,000 to provide ongoing free and confidential legal advice to public college students – deemed ‘particularly important’ as cases of domestic and family violence increase during the pandemic.

 

The package, a Government spokesperson said, will support a range of new and renewed policy initiatives to improve access, equity and inclusion for all students.

 

The 2021-22 ACT Budget will be officially released on Wednesday 6 October 2021 by Andrew Barr MLA, Chief Minister and Treasurer of the Australian Capital Territory, and will be made available here

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