Video transcript - Managing your total school budget

Local Schools, Local Decisions has increased staffing flexibility, focused on local decision-making and delivered a streamlined budget that provides additional resources recognising different school and student needs.

In 2018 all NSW Public Schools will start implementing their 2018-2020 school plans - informed by the updated School Excellence Policy and School Excellence Framework.

With input from their communities, schools will make decisions about how to use their total school budget to generate the greatest impact on student learning outcomes.

The school plan identifies the staffing and operational resources needed to achieve their improvement measures.

Schools are already managing their budget allocations and using evidence to inform their teaching to best meet the needs of their students.

A coastal high school employed two additional staff to mentor, support and track their HSC students with a focus on improving student outcomes, and as a result similar strategies are being used for Stages 4 and 5.

[On-screen text shows that in 2016, 85% of students achieved their desired tertiary entry compared with 30 per cent in 2011. Also, student attendance rates are now higher than the state average.]

A metropolitan public school developed an effective way to improve community engagement in school decision-making.

It focused on finding better ways to communicate with families, helped them to develop skills to assist in the classroom and enabled them to play a more active role in the decision-making of the school.

[On-screen text shows that in 2017 the average scaled score growth between Years 3 and 5 was 20 per cent above the state in all aspects of NAPLAN.]

And a rural public school has used its resources strategically to combine roles, establishing a teacher-mentor position to improve the skills of classroom teachers.

The greatest impact has been for students in the lowest reading levels.

[On-screen text shows that in 2017, 75 per cent of students achieved greater than or equal to expected growth in reading between Years 3 and 5.]

In 2018 schools have increased support options, and will have the capacity to employ a business manager and/or additional administrative support staff to enable a core focus on teaching and learning.

And with One Plan, One Budget and One Report principals in NSW Public Schools are able to strategically manage their total school budget to deliver improved learning outcomes for all their students.


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