Budget 2012 is fast approaching, with quality education a major focus.

The National Government will invest an extra $511.9 million towards new initiatives over the next four years. This takes the Government’s total investment in early childhood education and schooling to $9.6 billion for 2012/13.

We have an education system that is amongst the best in the world. Four out of five kids are successfully getting the qualifications they need from school and we must celebrate their success and the people in the education system who make that possible every day.

But our education plan is about getting five out of five.

Evidence shows the single most important thing we can do to raise achievement is to improve teaching quality.

Budget 2012 is investing in better teaching.