Public schools across Heathcote will benefit from additional counselling resources as part of a $167 million Baird Government package.  This is the first increase in counselling services in NSW for 20 years and will lead to improvements in schools across Heathcote.

Not only will there be more counsellors, schools will also receive flexible funding they can use to help create safer school environments, counter inappropriate behaviours and work with vulnerable students and their families. This will help schools to respond to issues — such as cyber safety or bullying — as they arise.

If we can better address the challenges faced by students, teachers will have more time to teach and students will have more opportunities to learn without distraction and interruption. Public schools will also benefit from a new “Behaviour Code” which clearly sets out what is expected of students and empowers principals and teachers to take decisive disciplinary action when student behaviour is unacceptable.

We want to ensure all students in public schools are learning in safe and supportive environments where bad behaviour such as bullying and violence is not tolerated. The new Behaviour Code for Students unveiled today clearly sets out the expectations we have for students and empowers principals and teachers to take decisive disciplinary action when student behaviour is unacceptable.

The new funding is in addition to existing expertise provided in NSW public schools by more than 4,000 specialist staff, including counselling services, specialists in learning and behaviour, and more than 100 specialist behaviour settings across NSW.