Equity funding is provided to schools to address the additional learning needs of students and reduce the impact of disadvantage on student outcomes.
There are four equity loadings that are components of the Resource Allocation Model (RAM):
- socio-economic background
- Aboriginal background
- English language proficiency
- low-level adjustment for disability.
All schools have a Strategic Improvement Plan (SIP) which must show their school community how they propose to support students. The SIP is a working document that details the steps the school will take to improve learning outcomes and the achievement and growth of all students. If a school receives equity funding, their SIP must explicitly state the targets and/or other improvement measures related to those student groups.
Principals consult with staff, parents and carers to determine the best way to support the learning needs of students in their schools. Accountability for the effective use of funds to improve student learning occurs through the Annual Report.
The 2021 School Excellence in Action is a comprehensive ‘one-stop-shop’ to support the delivery of the 2021-24 School Excellence cycle for schools, and includes support to drive improved outcomes for students who experience educational disadvantage. Comprehensive information on effective improvement measures and strategies to support students with additional learning and wellbeing needs can be found here:
- Excellence for students from low socio-economic backgrounds
- Excellence for all Aboriginal students
- Excellence for students learning English as an additional language or dialect
- Excellence for students with disability and additional learning needs
Schools can choose to combine their equity funding with other funding sources to better support the needs of students. Whole of school programs and strategies may also support particular groups of students or individual students. For ideas on how schools are using their equity funding see school funding snapshots which provide examples of effective practice and the impact on student outcomes.
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