Gonski cash to flow to NSW schools in 2014

18 June 2013

NSW schools will benefit from the Gonski national education reforms in today's NSW 2013-14 Budget.

The Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli said today's Budget will expand the NSW Government's education reform agenda, and will focus on improving education and learning outcomes for all students.

"In line with the National Education Reform Agreement, provision has been made for the $153 million in additional State and Federal funding for the 2014 school year.

"Our Local Schools, Local Decisions reform agenda provides greater flexibility for principals to allocate resources according to local needs. Next year, the staggered implementation of the NSW Resource Allocation Model will begin, which will see schools manage 70 per cent of their total school budget, compared to 10 per cent in 2011.

"Our Great Teaching, Inspired Learning reforms are improving student outcomes by lifting the quality of entrants into teacher education, providing better training and support for our teachers, and by recognising our outstanding teachers.

"The Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan targets underperformance in our schools, and includes early identification of the level of attainment in literacy and numeracy of each child, and programs tailored to the needs of students who require greater attention.

"We are addressing Indigenous disadvantage in our Connected Communities strategy by positioning schools as community hubs in the delivery of services that support children from birth, through to higher education.

"Enhanced specialist services and learning support for students with a disability will be expanded under Every Student, Every School.

"The reforms currently underway in NSW are already consistent with the direction of the Gonski Report. The additional $5 billion for NSW schools during 2014 to 2019 will deepen and accelerate the education reform agenda in NSW, for the sole purpose of improving student results in schools.

"Today's Budget shows that in 2013-14, NSW will spend a total of $13.95 billion in delivering services to around 1.7 million students. This is an increase of $524 million on last year's expenditure.

"The reforms will see funding targeted to where it is needed most. Resource loadings will be provided for students from low socio-economic groups, students with a disability, those with additional learning and support needs, and Indigenous and remote students.

"Today's budget is the beginning of a fairer distribution of resources for schools and students, with further money flowing in the later years of the agreement," he said.


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