I am very pleased we can now let NSW public schools know the funding they will receive as part of the Resource Allocation Model for 2017, so important planning work can get underway. There are more details in this post – and an update on the commencement of Award negotiations with the NSW Teachers Federation.
RAM allocations for 2017
Today the Premier, Mike Baird, and the Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli, announced the new funding package for our public schools in 2017 that will provide $219 million in additional funding to be allocated through our needs-based funding model.
Next year is the fourth year of additional funding following the NSW and Federal Government's National Education Reform Agreement.
I'm just six weeks into my role as Secretary of the department and I've already seen some great examples of how schools are using the flexibility this extra funding provides to personalise teaching and learning for individual students, hire extra specialist staff, and strengthen community connections.
A few points to highlight about the Resource Allocation Model in 2017:
- Overall, there is more funding going directly to schools so principals can target resources to better meet the needs of students.
- The base component of the Resource Allocation Model will be a streamlined package of school operational funding, with multiple line items rolled into a single allocation. This will give schools increased operational flexibility by reducing red tape so they can focus on teaching and learning.
- In the coming days principals will receive an email from Deputy Secretary Greg Prior with each school's individualised School Budget Allocation report, and additional information. This will help schools develop their 2017 budget and allocate funding to deliver on their strategic direction.
The Department of Education and the NSW Teachers Federation have met to formally commence negotiations for the next Crown Employees (Teachers in Schools and Related Employees) Salaries and Conditions Award.
The department will seek to discuss a range of matters within the context of the NSW Public Sector Wages Policy which provides for increases to salaries and allowances of 2.5% per annum.
Regular negotiation meetings are scheduled during October and November. I will keep staff updated as the negotiations progress.