Resource Allocation Model

The Resource Allocation Model (RAM) has been developed to ensure a fair, efficient and transparent allocation of the state public education budget for every school.

The RAM consists of three components:

Funding to NSW public schools through the RAM methodology is in its sixth year.

Every school receives a Planned School Budget Allocation Report in October that shows the full school funding allocation including staffing and operational costs. The report assists schools to develop their own budget and allocate funding to deliver on the strategic directions in their school plan. It includes each school's allocations for the seven loadings of the 2019 RAM.

Annual school funding cycle

The following short video animation ‘Annual School Funding Cycle’ (2 mins 40 secs) explains the annual funding cycle in NSW public schools. This animation helps school communities to understand the elements used to calculate a school’s annual budget allocation, and key milestones in this annual cycle.

Managing your total school budget

The following short video 'Managing your total school budget' (2 mins 21 secs) is an animation explaining how principals in NSW Public Schools are able to strategically manage their total school budget to deliver improved learning outcomes for all their students.

Transcript of 'Managing your total school budget' video

The journey to School Excellence

The following video 'The journey to School Excellence' (2 mins 13 secs) is an animation demonstrating the link between Local Schools, Local Decisions (LSLD), RAM and School Excellence.

Transcript of 'The journey to School Excellence' video.

Several resources have been prepared to help principals communicate these changes to their staff and school community.

Further information

For more information read:

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Staff only information

Staff can find more Local Schools Local Decisions information on our intranet.

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