$219 MILLION BOOST FOR STUDENTS WHO NEED IT MOST

Written on the 27 October 2016 by Kevin Conolly

Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly announced today that every single public school in the Riverstone electorate will benefit from a share of a record $219 million in additional needs-based funding in 2017, made possible by NSW signing the Gonski agreement.

Mr Conolly said that local public schools in 2017 will receive $2,384,885 in additional needs-based funding.

"The NSW Government is delivering on its commitment to deliver additional school funding based on student need," Mr Conolly said.

"These extra resources go directly to our local schools in this electorate, allowing principals to better meet the unique needs of their students and the school community.

"Schools in the Riverstone electorate have been able to employ additional specialist staff with expertise to assist students who need extra support in key learning areas like literacy and numeracy."

In NSW public schools, needs-based funding is distributed under the Resource Allocation Model (RAM), which uses information about student need to deliver resources where they are needed most.

"Every single public school in the electorate is benefitting from the needs-based RAM," said Mr Conolly.

Examples of local needs-based funding allocations in the Riverstone electorate include:

Quakers Hill High School will receive $1,072,784, an increase of $268,951 from 2016.

Caddies Creek Public School will receive $828,315, an increase of $201,429 from 2016.

Riverstone High School will receive $772,160, an increase of $186,037 from 2016.

Schofields Public School will receive $305,771, an increase of $98,109 from 2016.

Riverstone Public School will receive $725,479, an increase of $234,796 from 2016.

Wyndham College will receive $672,056, an increase of $211,227 from 2016.

Since 2014 public schools across NSW have received $504 million in extra funding helped by the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government signing up to the agreement with the Federal Government.

"At the same time, the NSW Government is investing in new schools and additional classrooms across our region to cater for growth in student numbers.

"The Baird government is delivering for our kids, not just making promises.

"Labor likes to talk a big game in education, but without the will or capacity to manage the state's budget, they never match words with action," Mr Conolly concluded.


Author: Kevin Conolly

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