Rebuilding NSW: Australian Govt. to build Schools of the Future

New upgraded schools designed as future-focused learning environments

The NSW Government is all set to invest $1 billion from the Rebuilding NSW Schools Fund to transform the schools over the next 10 years. This investment will deliver the NSW Government’s Innovative Education, Successful Students plan which will see new and upgraded schools designed as future-focused learning environments.

The changes that have occurred in education in the past few years require new and innovative design responses to rethink how schools work, how teachers teach and how students learn now and into the future.

A look into Innovative educational facilities at new Parramatta schools.
A look into Innovative educational facilities at new Parramatta schools.

The innovative schools will offer enabling environment for students to enhance their research, problem-solving and critical thinking skills. As the students of the future will need to be able to work independently and together with groups of other students, so the spaces children learn in have to be more flexible with the innovative integration of new technology and better opportunities for student/teacher collaboration.

Innovating Education

The $1 billion investment will transform the State’s schools over the next 10 years. The plan will provide 1,600 new or refurbished classrooms and learning spaces across NSW. The focus will be on building an innovative, future-focused educational infrastructure that will give students every chance to succeed.

“This massive $1 billion investment, a once-in-a-generation opportunity made possible by Rebuilding NSW – $20 billion plan to turbocharge the State through the delivery of key infrastructure – will provide up to 1,600 new or refurbished classrooms and learning spaces throughout the State.  This is on top of the Government’s $2.7 billion investment into school facilities over the next four years” NSW Premier Mike Baird said.

Creating successful students

The plan highlights the need for students to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills. The government will build flexible learning spaces that use innovative technologies to better support student/teacher collaboration. They are currently working with world-leading educators, designers and architects to create classrooms for the future.

Schools of the future

Parramatta will be home to the first two new innovative schools delivered by the NSW Government’s $1 billion Rebuilding NSW Schools Fund. The city will benefit from a $100 million commitment to deliver 2 new multi-storey schools, built to cater for the region’s growing population.

NSW Premier Mike Baird, Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli and Parramatta MP Geoff Lee today launched the Government’s Innovative Education, Successful Students plan at Arthur Phillip High School in Parramatta.

“Investing in education is vital for our children’s future and the $1 billion investment from Rebuilding NSW to transform our schools over the next 10 years will give students every opportunity to succeed,” Mr Baird said.

The $100 million investment at Parramatta will provide:

  • a new high school for up to 2,000 students on the existing Arthur Phillip High School site; and
  • a new primary school for up to 1,000 students on the existing Parramatta Public School site.

Mr Piccoli said the additional $1 billion investment from Rebuilding NSW will ensure there is a focus on innovative uses of technology and flexible learning spaces in our schools.

“We will deliver new infrastructure where it is needed, in consultation with the school community, to drive improvements to in-classroom practices and student performance,” Mr Piccoli said.

“To better prepare students for a job in the fastest growing economy in the country, schools are being built and upgraded to integrate new technology and provide more opportunities for group work and project based learning.”

Dr Lee said design of the schools, which will replace more than 20 demountables, would ensure students had access to both indoor and outdoor recreation spaces.

“The $100 million investment at Parramatta will make the city a key educational hub,” Dr Lee said.

The new schools will better prepare students for a job in the fastest growing economy in the country. The learning spaces will provide more opportunities for group work and project based learning, with both indoor and outdoor recreation areas.

Interior of modern classroom at new Parramatta schools.
Interior of modern classroom at new Parramatta schools.

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