Needs-based funding for schools

The NSW public school needs-based funding allocation for 2018 was announced today by the NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, Education Minister, Rob Stokes and Minister for Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres at Samuel Terry Public School in Cranebrook. 

The funding for 2018 is an increase of about $80 million, or 8 per cent, on 2017.

All NSW public schools receive a 2018 Planned School Budget Allocation Report. Funding is distributed according to the needs of students and schools. Schools have greater flexibility to make local decisions with school communities able to have a say in how their schools use their total budget.

"This needs-based funding is making a real difference to the outcomes of students at the local level," Ms Berejiklian said.

Additional funding can be spent, for example, on literacy and numeracy projects, hiring specialists such as speech therapists, running parent workshops, expanding curriculum offerings, establishing enrichment classes or purchasing technology. 

"Every school will develop its own plan to spend the funding in consultation with their local community," Mr Ayres said.

This year there will be even more flexibility to meet school and student needs with schools receiving additional funding to employ staff to help manage school business, allowing for a more intense focus on teaching and learning.

Learn more about the 2018 funding allocation or watch an animation about managing the school budget in NSW public schools. 



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