BAIRD'S EXTRA $113 MILLION FOR STUDENTS WHO NEED IT MOST

Written on the 22 October 2015 by Kevin Conolly

Riverstone electorate public schools will benefit from a share of the record $113 million increase in funding announced by the NSW Government to support public school students who need it most.

The increased allocations were announced by Education Minister Adrian Piccoli earlier this week.

Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly said the needs-based funding, which has been implemented as part of the NSW Liberals & Nationals commitment to the Gonski agreement, is delivering more funding to students in a fair and transparent way.

"In 2016, local public schools will receive $7,981,478," Mr Conolly said. "This is an increase of about $1.5 million over last year's allocation, which itself was a record for the area."

"Every single school in the Riverstone electorate will receive an increased needs-based allocation for 2016.

"This substantial ongoing investment in public education is fantastic news for our schools, and will further boost their efforts to deliver improved student results.

The funding for 2016 means NSW students will benefit from needs-based funding totalling $860 million, distributed through the Resource Allocation Model.

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

  • Kellyville Ridge Public School $655,719, an increase of $229,428 over 2015;
  • Riverbank Public School $291,073, an increase of $185,409;
  • Glenwood High School $652,885, an increase of $161,805;
  • Hambledon Public School $445,594, an increase of $134,261;
  • Quakers Hill High School  $850,661, an increase of $116,371; and
  • Quakers Hill East Public School $477,604, an increase of $115,755.

"This needs-based funding can be used in a variety of ways, including employing speech pathologists or specialist teachers to target learning areas," Mr Conolly said.

Through the NSW Government's Local Schools, Local Decisions reform, principals in all NSW public schools are making local decisions on how to use these funds to improve student outcomes.

As a result of NSW signing up to the Gonski agreement, the NSW Government has also been able to deliver resources to improve the quality of teaching, provide more school counsellors and improve support for beginning teachers.

Author: Kevin Conolly

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