Public Education Action Plan
Our education plan shows how we will support your child and their public school to benefit South Australia’s future.
Through this plan, we will build a world-class education and child development system in South Australia.
Your public school
As a parent, all you want is for your child to realise their potential. So, start the journey with the learning experience created for your child. At a school that understands your child. And does this for every child. So our children can become themselves. Connect with your public school.
Your child, their school, our future
Giving our children a head start
The first 5 years of a child’s life are critical to their success.
By the time a child is 3 years old, about 85% of their brain has developed. Children are born ready to learn.
Gaps in children’s health, development and learning open early and get harder to close with time.
That’s why we’re making it a priority to invest in the early years.
By the end of 2018, South Australia will have 47 children’s centres to give families and children real support at the start of each child’s journey.
We’re creating outdoor learning areas and will introduce STEM to children in preschool.
A focus on literacy and numeracy to put the basics first
Literacy and numeracy skills are the bedrock of a successful education.
If students don’t learn literacy and numeracy skills by the end of year 3, they can fall behind their classmates.
A Literacy and Numeracy First initiative will give money directly to schools so students get the extra attention they need.
More expert teaching and valuable learning experiences will help children to build the right foundations.
Educating students for the jobs of tomorrow
Today’s children and young people will live in a very different world from the one our parents experienced.
When a child starting preschool next year leaves school in 2031, there will be new jobs that we can’t even imagine yet.
Change will be the norm for the next generation. Studies have estimated that by 2031, Australians will make 17 changes in employers across 5 different professions.
We’re making science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) a priority in every public school and preschool in South Australia.
We’re building new STEM facilities in 139 schools, and all schools are working with industry to help children towards the careers of the future.
Help for every student to achieve their best
Many factors influence a child’s ability to learn well – what’s happening in their home life, how their teacher helps them develop skills, their physical and mental health and their levels of perseverance and resilience.
We see each and every child as unique, with their own potential. It’s our responsibility to maximise their aspirations and help them achieve their goals.
That’s why we’re providing more specialists to work with children and help teachers in the classroom get the best from their students.
We’ll increase the number of attendance officers to get children back to school, behaviour coaches to work alongside teachers and speech pathologists to help with learning issues.
More child wellbeing practitioners and teachers trained in managing students who have experienced trauma will help students with issues in their broader lives.
Supporting our teachers to deliver great results
Teachers are the key to delivering a good education to our children. However, the complexity of teaching as a profession has increased.
We need to give teachers the support they need to deliver the quality education young South Australians deserve.
We’re establishing a new Teaching Excellence and Leadership Academy in South Australia to develop expert teachers and strong leaders. This will strengthen how we lead learning and support all children, from gifted students to those with learning difficulties.