RIVERSTONE INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS GET A HELPING HAND
Written on the 8 June 2017 by Kevin Conolly
Non-government schools in the Riverstone area have received $87,000 in additional funding to put into resources where they are most needed, Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly announced today.
"Schools such as Norwest Christian College, Trades Norwest Anglican Senior College and Australian Christian College - Marsden Park will benefit from this additional National Education Reform Agreement (NERA) funding, which is calculated on a needs basis," Mr Conolly said.
"Schools know best what these needs are and how to direct these funds for teacher's aides to support students with disability, for teacher training or for literacy and numeracy intervention programs."
Education Minster Rob Stokes said the NSW Government is providing more than $45 million to Catholic and Independent schools in 2017; up from $25 million in 2016.
The funding comes from the NSW Government under the National Education Reform Agreement (NERA), also known as the "Gonski" agreement. Under the 2013 agreement between the federal and state governments, government investment is provided to Government, Catholic and Independent schools on the basis of student need, such as low socio-economic status, Aboriginality and students with disability.
"All our schools are important community assets, and we are committed to providing funds to support students in both government and non-government schools consistent with our agreement with the federal government," said Mr Stokes.
The payment, to schools with resource levels below the School Resource Standard, is the first of two to be made this year.
In 2017, the NSW government will provide $1.1 billion in funding for the non-government school sector, of which $60 million is additional funding. Government school funding figures will be announced later this year.
Author: Kevin Conolly
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