All NSW public schools today received their budgets after the State Government announced $1.18 billion in needs-based funding for 2019.
The funding will be delivered through the Resource Allocation Model, introduced in 2014, to ensure 2,200 public schools receive a fair, efficient and transparent share of the state public education budget.
The Minister for Education, Rob Stokes, said he was “incredibly proud of the outstanding educational leaders” in public schools and their ability to engage students.
“RAM funding provides greater resources to enable them to direct funding to cater to the needs of their particular students,” he said.
“Schools can use the money to hire more teachers or administrative staff, for example, or to buy new iPads, instruments or sports equipment – whatever the school community decides will best meet their unique learning and teaching needs.”
Key features of the 2019 RAM allocation include:
- $100 million in increased funding, including $30 million to support students through the equity loading for socio-economic background and $30 million through the per capita loading.
- $10 million to support teaching principals’ relief for 2019 as a one-off allocation. This will benefit 474 teaching principals.
- Increased funding for literacy and numeracy in primary schools.
- $50 million to support principals as part of the School Leadership Strategy.
- Guaranteed stability in staffing allocations for 220 drought-affected schools.
The funding model adjusts annually to recognise student and school need so that students with the greatest need receive the most funding. It meets the needs of individual students, such as Vanessa Huan, who started at Revesby Public School in May 2017 as a new arrival from China with limited English.
The school used its needs-based Equity funding to support Vanessa – and her family – in her language acquisition. Vanessa has also participated in the school's Growing Gritty Girls program, aimed at building girls’ resilience and self-esteem, which is made possible by RAM Equity funding.
Revesby Public School has also used RAM Equity funding to create instructional leader positions, which support the learning of Vanessa and all other students.
Within 18 months of arriving in Australia, Vanessa’s talent for art has seen her work displayed at the Opera House and she now co-teaches art with principal Narelle Nies and helps run a lunchtime art club for students.
Next year Vanessa will attend Dulwich Hill Visual Arts High School to further realise her dream of becoming an artist.
The principal, Narelle Nies, said Vanessa’s application to all areas of school work was phenomenal.
“She is an outstanding success story and the RAM funding we receive has helped us to give her all the support she has needed to thrive,” she said.
“I am proud that Vanessa will continue her journey within the public education system. Vanessa's story is a reflection of her own drive and dedication – and the dedication of a team of educators who go above and beyond in their work daily.”
Kingswood High School used its 2018 RAM funding to create a senior student study centre, staffed by a full-time coordinator to mentor HSC students; hire four specialists for Years 7 to 9 literacy and numeracy; and employ a deputy principal tasked with student engagement who has introduced coding to Year 7 students.
The principal, Adam Forbes, said: “Without the recurrent RAM funding we would not be able to offer our students the best possible learning environment to support their academic, social and emotional needs.”