EXTRA FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS
Nationals Member for Lismore, Thomas George MP, has welcomed the announcement of an additional $1.56m in needs-based funding for government schools in the Lismore electorate in 2015.
“This additional support is a result of the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government being the first to sign up to the Gonski agreement, which will deliver $5 billion in additional funding to NSW students over six years,” said Mr George.
“It’s what NSW public schools have wanted – a significant increase in funding guaranteed into the future, with the greatest benefits flowing to schools and students with the greatest need.
“Schools began benefitting from additional resources distributed under the new Resource Allocation Model (RAM) last year.
“Today’s announcement builds on those increases, and I am confident school communities and principals will be delighted at the prospect of planning their use of the additional funds.
“The core of the Government’s Local Schools, Local Decisions reforms is to put decision-making about students and school communities with the people who know them best – the principals, school staff and parents.
“The distribution of funds on a needs basis under the RAM gives them exactly that opportunity.
“Many schools in the electorate will see additional benefits in areas such as literacy and numeracy support, teachers’ professional development and community engagement.”
In 2015, the RAM features more than $664 million in needs based funding delivered through 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.
- Nimbin Central School $288,926 increase
- Kyogle High School $122,284 increase
- The Sir Henry Parkes Memorial Public School $110,122 increase
- Goonellabah Public School $86,382 increase
- Murwillumbah High School $43,014 increase
- Tabulam Public School $32,838 increase