Primary school students from Tweed will now have access to a world-class gifted and talented program without needing to leave their home town. The NSW Government has expanded its Aurora College program to more than 600 public schools across the state.

Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said that said the new program, now at eight Tweed schools is a game changer for Tweed students, given that in the past, some students’ nearest opportunity class could be hundreds of kilometres away.

“With the expansion of Aurora College, students and families in Tweed will no longer have to decide between where they live and access to educational opportunities,” Mr Provest said.

“Aurora College is an incredible initiative that, over the past two years in its pilot stage, has provided access to resources that have never been available before for students in regional and remote areas,” Mr Provest said.

“With the expansion of Aurora College, high potential and gifted students will now have the chance to attend purpose designed courses on a broad range of subjects.

“Having staff based centrally allows local students to connect to classes digitally, allowing them to interact with the teacher and other classmates from across the State,” Ms Mitchell said.

 “Ensuring students in regional and remote NSW receive the same educational opportunities as their metro peers is a priority for me as the Minister for Education, a regional politician and a mother.”