The government needs to spend more money on education
Giving them the option of coming up with an alternative sentence, such as below, is no bad thing.
Government spending on education needs to increase.
Quite belatedly, I've come up with a short little lesson to follow up the previous nominalisation lesson. This one focuses on using nominalisation when writing about cause and effect (there is also a very tiny bit of "noticing" of hedging language).
As I read back over this post and the excessive use of the word nominalisation, it occurs to me that the post itself would make a very good substitution lesson :)