$27.01 MILLION IN NEEDS-BASED FUNDING FOR NORTHERN TABLELANDS SCHOOLS

$27.01 MILLION IN NEEDS-BASED FUNDING FOR NORTHERN TABLELANDS SCHOOLS

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell, left, Wytaliba Public School Principal Debbie Hunter and Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall.

Thursday, 15 October 2020

 

NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has today announced a 4 per cent increase, an additional $1.03 million, in needs-based recurrent funding for Northern Tablelands public schools in 2021.

 

In total, the 59 Northern Tablelands public schools will receive $27.01 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 $17.6 million.

 

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

 

“Instead of celebrating more than $27 million in funding next year, without Gonski, our locals schools would only be receiving $9.4 million, or 65 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 seven years and prior to the Gonski reforms is below.

 

Northern Tablelands public schools’ needs-based equity funding (RAM) 2013-2021

 

School 2021 RAM funding $s Increase from 2020 $s Increase 2013 to 2021 $s
Armidale City Public School 729,902 148,911 671,366
Armidale Secondary College 1,709,533 – 224,663 250,069
Ashford Central School 572,910 – 41,231 323,473
Bald Blair Public School 58,841 – 3,210 40,754
Barwon Learning Centre (Moree) 138,083 20,046 239,947
Ben Lomond Public School 42,756 6,702 18,354
Ben Venue Public School 642,413 42,641 449,349
Bingara Central School 447,046 – 10,536 241,262
Black Mountain Public School 115,391 12,546 86,753
Boggabilla Central School 896,323 104,714 262,720
Bonshaw Public School 76,711 12,186 74,490
Boomi Public School 69,932 – 3,674 33,453
Bullarah Public School 45,503 – 674 15,928
Bundarra Central School 344,050 – 19,872 172,283
Chandler Public School 29,493 – 4,429 6,668
Croppa Creek Public School 55,715 4,656 30,335
Deepwater Public School 94,772 21,934 33,319
Delungra Public School 132,606 – 7,526 89,922
Drummond Memorial Public School 790,717 91,572 592,759
Ebor Public School 79,836 – 1,076 55,087
Emmaville Central School 305,871 – 45,295 190,757
Garah Public School 67,928 1,832 42,328
Gilgai Public School 200,744 906 133,030
Glen Innes High School 911,986 54,940 678,550
Glen Innes Public School 991,776 43,659 711,864
Glen Innes West Infants School 130,600 – 23,380 98,577
Gravesend Public School 83,301 5,753 57,896
Gum Flat Public School 47,891 – 4,107 9,212
Guyra Central School 1,040,601 95,175 864,829
Inverell Public School 1,331,613 93,788 1,014,592
Inverell High School 1,392,965 155,140 979,693
Kellys Plains Public School 38,364 6,320 21,907
Kentucky Public School 55,067 – 2,996 39,630
Kingstown Public School 76,364 1,364 54,137
Macintyre High School 1,076,764 76,461 826,332
Mallawa Public School 52,143 3,419 26,042
Martins Gully Public School 180,053 7,991 112,915
Moree East Public School 1,343,249 233,727 748,717
Moree Public School 1,758,316 – 17,106 1,314,785
Moree Secondary College Albert Street 728,353 21,424 239,765
Moree Secondary College Carol Avenue 1,379,991 117,978 469,953
Mungindi Central School 576,152 40,237 491,161
Newling Public School 616,998 112,121 471,845
North Star Public School 73,637 8,660 35,491
Pallamallawa Public School 141,823 19,880 80,098
Red Range Public School 145,428 – 3,749 107,475
Rocky River Public School 75,775 – 3,594 51,422
Ross Hill Public School 1,746,950 – 71,134 1,376,889
Sandon Public School 617,807 41,708 383,958
Thalgarrah Environmental Education Centre 13,830 322 15,924
Tingha Public School 312,410 – 21,286 59,509
Toomelah Public School 462,678 40,425 287,577
Tulloona Public School 39,711 – 1,207 35,180
Uralla Central School 878,172 45,303 601,955
Warialda High School 520,174 – 21,574 254,423
Warialda Public School 400,880 – 18,054 262,963
Wytaliba Public School 52,195 – 10,999 38,060
Yetman Public School 69,829 1,60 59,169
Total 27,010,920 1,031,856 17,598,602

 

 

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