Written on the 31 October 2017 by Kevin Conolly

Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly MP today welcomed the NSW Government's announcement that an additional $10.6 million in needs-based funding will be shared amongst Government schools in the Riverstone electorate for the 2018 school year. These additional funds will enable the schools to improve education resources and support for students such as targeted literacy and numeracy support, teacher training and speech pathologists.

"I'm delighted the NSW Government is delivering the extra resources our local schools need to provide the high-quality education our children need and deserve," said Mr Conolly.

Some schools in the fast developing Riverstone electorate, such as The Ponds High School and Riverbank Public School, are recording particularly big increases largely due to rapid enrolment growth. But the benefits are spread over a wide range of schools throughout the electorate.

The schools receiving the largest increases from these additional funds in 2018 are:

The Ponds High School - $281,274
Riverbank Public School - $165,762
Barnier Public School - $119,070
John Palmer Public School - $86,646
Wyndham College - $82,229

"This funding will give schools the freedom to meet the specific needs of students and our local community," Mr Conolly said.  

Barnier Public School Principal, Russell Hawkins said that this additional and significant boost in funding at Barnier Public School will go directly to frontline service delivery for the children of the school. This will allow for great improvements in the capacity of every teacher to meet the diverse needs of all learners.

Education Minister Rob Stokes said providing school funding on a needs basis was vital to getting the best possible educational outcomes.

"The combination of funding increases and changes will enable schools to sharpen their focus even more on catering for the specific academic and wellbeing needs of their individual students," Mr Stokes said.

Schools across NSW will receive a record $1.09 billion in needs-based funding in 2018. This includes $80 million in additional funding, which is an 8 per cent increase from 2017.

Author: Kevin Conolly


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