$23.8 MILLION IN NEEDS-BASED FUNDING FOR NORTHERN TABLELANDS SCHOOLS

$23.8 MILLION IN NEEDS-BASED FUNDING FOR NORTHERN TABLELANDS SCHOOLS

Uralla Central School students Jackson Davison and Claudia Keogh with Principal Michael Rathborne and Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall today.

Monday, 12 November 2018

NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has today announced an 8.1 per cent increase, an additional $1.93 million, in needs-based recurrent funding for Northern Tablelands public schools in 2019.

In total, the 59 Northern Tablelands public schools will receive $23.84 million in needs based equity funding next year.

A passionate advocate of the Gonski educations reforms, Mr Marshall said this additional support was a result of the NSW Government being the first to sign up to and fully fund the Gonski education agreement, which will deliver $6.4 billion in additional funding to NSW students over six years.

He said that since Gonski was introduced in NSW, the needs-based funding allocation model had seen annual recurrent funding for the 59 Northern Tablelands public schools increase by $14.5 million.

“The difference between pre-Gonski funding allocations just five years ago and today could not be starker,” Mr Marshall said.

“Instead of celebrating almost $24 million in funding next year, without Gonski, our locals schools would only be receiving $9.5 million, or 60 per cent less.

“This is why these education reforms were and continue to be so important, because it is our country schools and country students who benefit the most.

“It’s also what NSW public schools have always wanted – a significant increase in funding guaranteed into the future, with the greatest benefits flowing to schools and students with the greatest need.

“This would not have happened without the leadership of former Education Minister Adrian Piccoli and a determination to put the needs of students first in our education system, not politics.”

Mr Marshall said today’s announcement built on those increases and he was confident school communities and principals would be delighted at the prospect of planning the use of their additional funds.

“The core of the state 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,” he said.

“The distribution of funds on a needs basis under the RAM gives them exactly that opportunity.

“Many schools in the Northern Tablelands electorate will see additional benefits in areas such as literacy and numeracy support, teachers’ professional development and community engagement.

“I continue to urge the Federal Government to recognise the importance of Gonski for our public schools system in country NSW.”

** A detailed breakdown of the funding for local schools over the last six years and prior to the Gonski reforms is below.

Northern Tablelands public schools’ needs-based equity funding (RAM) 2013-2019

School 2019 RAM funding $s Increase from 2018 $s Increase 2013 to 2019 $s
Armidale City Public School 521,922 52,922 463,386
Armidale Secondary College (Armidale HS) 730,634 88,592 310,854
Ashford Central School 606,126 66,499 356,689
Bald Blair Public School 57,036 2,738 38,949
Barwon Learning Centre (Moree) 117,540 14,495 219,404
Ben Lomond Public School 29,914 3,738 5,512
Ben Venue Public School 555,924 67,470 362,860
Bingara Central School 447,498 14,079 241,714
Black Mountain Public School 97,376 34,601 68,738
Boggabilla Central School 809,593 15,045 175,990
Bonshaw Public School 56,412 19,597 54,191
Boomi Public School 84,752 -9,350 48,273
Bullarah Public School 40,673 5,685 11,098
Bundarra Central School 393,898 30,391 222,131
Chandler Public School 39,182 2,001 16,357
Croppa Creek Public School 39,971 2,803 14,591
Deepwater Public School 60,908 -7,944 -545
Delungra Public School 113,232 13,894 70,548
Drummond Memorial Public School 493,832 17,408 295,874
Armidale Secondary College (Duval HS) 715,578 64,238 465,023
Ebor Public School 40,320 10,423 15,571
Emmaville Central School 345,420 53,673 230,306
Garah Public School 55,973 6,626 30,373
Gilgai Public School 198,059 3,757 130,345
Glen Innes High School 789,664 14,299 556,228
Glen Innes Public School 910,462 40,728 630,550
Glen Innes West Infants School 158,435 12,578 126,411
Gravesend Public School 75,711 12,361 50,306
Gum Flat Public School 56,575 15,802 17,896
Guyra Central School 821,242 128,078 645,470
Inverell Public School 1,155,788 104,558 735,954
Inverell High School 1,173,286 6,306 760,014
Kellys Plains Public School 38,461 -521 22,004
Kentucky Public School 49,701 4,090 34,264
Kingstown Public School 80,149 -2,500 57,922
Macintyre High School 892,456 107,216 642,024
Mallawa Public School 42,806 -4,064 16,705
Martins Gully Public School 171,562 21,587 104,924
Moree East Public School 1,112,630 228,000 518,098
Moree Public School 1,687,146 81,781 1,243,615
Moree Secondary College Albert Street 673,607 49,234 185,019
Moree Secondary College Carol Avenue 1,184,290 87,676 274,252
Mungindi Central School 562,647 82,811 477,656
Newling Public School 468,227 -66,033 323,074
North Star Public School 72,303 -22,882 34,157
Pallamallawa Public School 126,235 28,853 64,510
Red Range Public School 147,288 10,560 109,335
Rocky River Public School 80,214 8,697 55,861
Ross Hill Public School 1,611,186 100,014 1,241,125
Sandon Public School 486,676 62,064 302,826
Thalgarrah Environmental Education Centre 13,300 2,451 15,394
Tingha Public School 397,955 23,565 145,054
Toomelah Public School 380,253 48,485 205,152
Tulloona Public School 40,994 1,701 36,463
Uralla Central School 725,955 90,169 449,738
Warialda High School 497,111 29,405 231,360
Warialda Public School 383,516 32,224 245,599
Wytaliba Public School 57,297 4,844 43,162
Yetman Public School 65,684 14,000 54,994
Total 23,842,587 1,931,007 14,497,841

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