30 January 2017

The Public Education Foundation acknowledges the enormous contribution made by Adrian Piccoli, the outgoing Minister for Education in NSW, to excellence and equity in NSW education.

During his six years as Minister for Education, Mr Piccoli has championed education throughout the state.  He led the country in implementing the Gonski funding reforms that brought additional funding to disadvantaged schools, and implemented reforms to bolster teacher quality and improve literacy and numeracy standards.

“Mr Piccoli has earned widespread respect for his commitment to needs-based funding through the Gonski agreement.  He recognised the need to target disadvantage and ensure that all students in NSW have access to a top quality education,” David Hetherington, Executive Director of the Public Education Foundation, said.

The Public Education Foundation welcomes the appointment of the new NSW Education Minister, Mr Rob Stokes. “We look forward to working with Mr Stokes on sustaining the best possible outcomes for students, parents, teachers and principals in NSW Public Schools,” Mr Hetherington said.

The Public Education Foundation was launched in March 2008.  The Foundation, a registered charity, works in collaboration with the schools, communities, business and both the state and federal governments to provide equity and excellence scholarships for students in public education; provide professional learning and leadership scholarships for teachers and principals; and enhance the value and reputation of public education.

For more information please contact:

Melanie Morrison

Tel: 02 9266 8247, 0401 996 451   Email: melanie@publiceducationfoundation.org.au

Public Education Foundation: http://www.publiceducationfoundation.org.au