Bright Sparks Shine in Western Sydney

Today’s release of the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) results are further proof of Western Sydney’s emergence as one of the nation’s ‘smart cities’, Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue, Executive Director, Adam Leto said.

According to published NAPLAN results 37 schools from Western and south west Sydney achieved above or substantially above similar schools in at least three subject areas in both Years 3 and 5. Another 24 schools in Western Sydney achieved above or substantially above other schools in at least three subject areas in Years 7 and 9 in the test.

Mr Leto said Western Sydney’s teachers deserved plenty of credit for their role in helping students to reach their potential, while also underlining the quality of the region’s public education system. 

“You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on private schools to receive an excellent education, as these schools and their students have demonstrated,” Mr Leto said.

“Public schools such as Cabramatta, Fairfield Heights and Carlingford West, to name just a few, have all performed well above their national peers and prove quality education exists in Western Sydney.

“In addition to the region’s committed teachers, it’s also worth acknowledging the work of groups like the Story Factory, which recently opened its office in Parramatta, and the Bankstown Poetry Slam. These organisations are playing an active role in improving childhood literacy, instilling confidence and providing opportunities for our region’s kids to find their voice.”

Mr Leto said just as encouraging as the results, was that Western Sydney was developing a clear pathway for the next generation of smart kids, through places like Sydney Science Park and health and innovation precincts at Westmead, Campbelltown and Liverpool.

“Western Sydney is not only home to some of the smartest students but also some of the country’s leading, innovative precincts, including Westmead, which is home to one of the biggest health clusters in the southern hemisphere,” Mr Leto added.

“A large degree of future jobs growth in Western Sydney will be linked to these precincts so it’s vital that they continue to attract government and private sector support. 

“It’s one thing to develop the next generation of talent, but we also need to hang on to it, and that’s what these health, innovation and high-tech precincts represent.” Mr Leto said.

The future of education in Western Sydney and its connection with skills, industry and training, will be among a range of issues discussed at the Dialogue’s Out There Summit on July 2 in Bankstown.

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