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Budget 2012-2013 Budget Paper No.3 The Budget



Budget 2012-2013 Budget Paper No.3 The Budget

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294 Revenue also provided by the Commonwealth for non-government schools which is on-passed by the Territory. The NEA seeks to ensure that all Australian school students acquire the knowledge and skills to participate effectively in society and employment through being engaged in and benefiting from schooling; meeting basic literacy and numeracy standards, through improvements in literacy and numeracy, especially for Indigenous children; and to successfully transition from education to further study and work. Smarter Schools National Partnership Agreements The Smarter Schools NPs encompass the Improving Teacher Quality, Literacy and Numeracy, and Low Socio-Economic Status School Communities NPs. These NPs seek to enhance educational outcomes, particularly for disadvantaged children and those with the greatest educational needs. In the Territory, the Smarter Schools NPs are being implemented to accelerate and sustain improved educational outcomes (especially for Indigenous students) and focusing on literacy and numeracy; strengthening collaborations with family, community and support services to assist with learning readiness and wellbeing; and building teacher and school leader capacity, particularly Indigenous teachers and school leaders. The Territorys Smarter Schools performance is expected to result in reward payments of $7.8million in 2011-12, and a further $2.1million in 2012-13. Although the Literacy and Numeracy NP expires in 2011-12, contributing to the reduction in total Smarter Schools funding for 2012-13 ($19.4million compared to $25.6million in 2011-12), the integrated nature of the Territorys implementation of these NPs means that the majority of initiatives are continuing. Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory funding will also support the initiatives implemented under the Smarter Schools NPs, as previously occurred with Closing the Gap in the Northern Territory NP funding. The Territory also contributes funding towards these initiatives ($17million in 2012-13). Early Childhood National Partnership Agreements The Territory will continue to participate in a number of early childhood education and care related NPs in 2012-13. These include the Early Childhood Education NP which aims to improve access to quality early childhood education and preschool programs in the year before full-time schooling and the National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood and Care which supports the implementation of a National Quality Framework for early childhood education and care and Outside School Hours Care services. It also includes the Indigenous Early Childhood Development NP which aims to increase the proportion of Indigenous children participating in quality early childhood education and development, as well as child care services, through the provision of facilities and support services in disadvantaged areas (this NP also comprises antenatal care, maternal and child health services to Indigenous women and sexual and reproductive health services to Indigenous teenagers). The majority of the $25.7million early childhood NP funding in 2012-13 will be for the construction of children and family centres in regional and remote areas of the Territory, to provide early learning, child care and parent and family support services to Indigenous families.