School collaboration benefits Tweed students

20 August 2015 -

Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli today visited Kingscliff High School, where he met principals from the Tweed 5 Community of Schools to see how their innovative use of the new Resource Allocation Model (RAM) funding has benefitted students.

Mr Piccoli, who was joined by Member for Tweed Geoff Provest, said it was encouraging to learn how the schools have been able to collectively target parts of their spending more directly to meet the specific needs of their students.

"Principals and their school executives know how to get the most benefit for students from a school's budget and we've given them the freedom to do just that," Mr Piccoli said.

This year the Tweed 5 schools benefited from more than $2.2 million (total) in RAM equity funding, an increase of five per cent from 2014 RAM equity funding.

Across NSW, government schools received an additional $197 million through the RAM in 2014 and 2015.

Banora Point High School, Kingscliff High School, Murwillumbah High School, Tweed River High School and Wollumbin High School make up the Tweed 5 who have used part of the funding to:

  • plan extra academic, sporting and cultural opportunities for gifted and talented students, with Tweed River High School and Banora Point High School already providing gifted and talented transition programs for senior primary students in writing, maths, science, creative and performing arts, PDHPE, and technological and applied studies;
  • share professional development for teaching staff to ensure consistency of curriculum, delivery and professional development practice for teachers;
  • employ additional behavioural and learning support teachers; and
  • employ mentors for Aboriginal students.

"Reforms implemented by the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government have ensured a fairer distribution of resources for schools and students in the Tweed," Mr Provest said.

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