The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is investing $664 million in NSW public schools to assist students with the greatest need, NSW Premier Mike Baird and Education Minister Adrian Piccoli announced today.
“This massive investment in public education is tremendous news for families and students at our public schools,” Mr Baird said.
“We are delivering $664 million to schools with the greatest need, so they can respond to the particular learning needs of their students, including an additional $97 million being delivered in 2015 as a result of the Gonski agreement.
“The funding is being distributed under the needs-based Resource Allocation Model (RAM), which now sets the standard, both here in Australia and in other countries, for best practice for funding schools based on student needs, consistent with the Gonski recommendations.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government was the first to sign up to the Gonski agreement to deliver significant additional funding to NSW students.
“With the Gonski money now flowing, vital extra dollars are being delivered to principals and school communities across the State who will decide how best to use this funding to support their students.”
In 2015, the RAM features five loadings to improve education outcomes:
- $253 million for students from low socio-economic backgrounds;
- $240 million for students with low-level disability;
- $104 million for students still developing English language proficiency;
- $50 million to support students from Aboriginal backgrounds; and
- $17 million for remote and isolated school communities.
Mr Piccoli said 84 per cent of NSW public schools will receive increased needs-based funding under the 2015 RAM, with 658 schools receiving an increase of more than $50,000.
“The NSW Liberal & Nationals Government accepts the Gonski report’s key view that: ‘Every child should have access to the best possible education, regardless of where they live, the income of their family, or the school they attend’,” Mr Piccoli said.
“We trust NSW public school principals, and their school communities, to decide how this additional funding can best be used to support learning needs in their school.
“It is principals, teachers, staff and parents who know students best, and how their needs can best be met to improve student performance.”