Goonellabah Public School students are reaping the benefits of improved speech and occupational therapy resources, thanks to a partnership with Southern Cross University.

Trainee therapists from the university’s Lismore campus and their supervisors have been visiting the school to provide assessments, therapy sessions and school staff training to assist students requiring additional support.

Teachers have reported improvements in students’ motor skills, task completion, attention in class and handwriting following the partnership starting in 2015.

The program has been made possible through the school’s Resource Allocation Model (RAM) funding, which provides resources to schools on a needs basis to address their specific requirements.

The SCU partnership received about $40,000 in funding this year.

Member for Lismore Thomas George said the partnership was an example of how needs-based funding benefited local schools.

“This shows what our local schools can do when they have the funding and the freedom to tailor resources to the precise needs of their students,” Mr George said.

“I’m delighted the NSW Government has been able to support this initiative.”

Education Minister Rob Stokes said providing school funding on a needs basis was vital to getting the best possible outcomes for students and local communities.

“This funding enables schools to sharpen their focus to cater for the specific academic and wellbeing needs of their individual students,” Mr Stokes said.

Lismore schools will receive more than $14 million of RAM funding in 2018.

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