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National partnerships

The national partnerships program aims to achieve economic and social reform across health, homelessness, early childhood, education and vocational training.

The program is an innovative structural and financial relationship between the Commonwealth and state and territory governments.

All levels of government work jointly towards mutually-agreed outcomes and performance benchmarks. Performance is assessed by the independent Council of Australian Governments Reform Council.

Through the partnerships, the department is implementing a range of initiatives to achieve significant reform across public education and training in New South Wales.

Every Student, Every School

Every student, every school is an initiative providing better learning and support for the 90,000 students with a disability, learning difficulties or behaviour support needs in our public schools through a strong focus on professional learning and support for teachers and support staff.

More information can be found at the Every Student, Every School page.

Smarter Schools 

The Smarter Schools national partnerships on improving teacher quality, low socio-economic status school communities, and literacy and numeracy are an integrated initiative for achieving change through ambitious and innovative reforms targeting three priority areas:

  •     developing the skills of our teaching workforce;
  •     supporting schools serving disadvantaged communities and
  •     improving students' literacy and numeracy skills.

Bidgee TAFE program  

As part of the low socio-economic status school communities national partnership program, The Bidgee School has been able to develop a program in conjunction with Wagga Wagga TAFE.

This partnership program offers experiences to our students in areas that they would not have participated in previously and will also provide them with a chance to experience what TAFE has to offer. 

Selected students participate in lessons at TAFE one day per week.

They will have the opportunity to develop skills in trades such as welding, hospitality, automotive, shop fitting and joining, creative arts, spray painting, panel beating, concreting and painting and decorating, with each trade running for a period of 5 to 10 weeks.

Teachers use the vocabulary and mathematical applications from these TAFE lessons in their literacy and numeracy programs in the classroom, where students engagement levels have increased, as students can see the practical relevance of the learning.


Schools participating in the low socio-economic status school communities national partnership are required to undertake an annual evaluation and report on the effectiveness of the strategies undertaken by the school. 

Results from evaluations can be used to plan activities, monitor and improve their implementation, make judgements about their impact and the allocation of resources. 

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