2021 SBAR updates

2021 SBAR updates highlight new and notable changes to the SBAR, including changes to allocations and methodologies and the implications for school planning.

The school budget process is being simplified. School Planning and Reporting Online (SPaRO) will be pre-populated with SBAR data to enable principals to easily track and plan their needs-based funding. This will strengthen the planning process and ensure funding is strategically invested to have the required impact on improving student learning outcomes.

A sharpened focus on school improvement will be supported by structures to link funding to achievement targets in the Strategic Improvement Plan (SIP). Improved guidance via system enhancements, resources, tools and professional learning opportunities will support schools.

The School Budget Allocation Report (SBAR) has been renamed:

  • the Planned SBAR has been renamed the 2021 SBAR
  • the Approved SBAR, to be released in Term 1 2021, will be called the 2021 SBAR Adjustments.

The purpose of the renaming is to encourage schools to engage in early planning and confident spending.

The SBAR: A guide for schools has been replaced by the SBAR essentials.

The new 2021 SBAR essentials has a more concise format to increase the readability, clarity and accessibility of the essential information it contains. Principals and school leaders will also be supported by a new online SBAR resource hub where they can access comprehensive information, including resourcing snapshots, case studies and samples.

The SSP supplementary funding will continue in 2021. It is distributed to SSPs to provide short-term relief for staffing costs.

The allocations for some hospital schools and education and training units are not complete and will be advised in the 2021 SBAR Adjustments.

This flexible funding allocation is to provide and evaluate interim additional resourcing to inform the future staffing methodology review (SMR) entitlement solution. This funding allocation may only be used for staffing.

Need to know more?

Contact staffingmethodologyreview@det.nsw.edu.au.

Refer to the staffing methodology review website.

From 2021, electricity and gas will be removed from the SBAR to be managed centrally, with associated budgets and costs transferred and managed by corporate. The utilities funding allocation is provided for water and waste utility costs (only). Funding calculations have been applied on a pro-rata basis for the water and waste component for each school, based on the previous year’s utilities model.

Principals remain accountable for their school’s energy usage through a monthly monitoring process.

Need to know more?

Contact schoolfunding@det.nsw.edu.au. 

The minimum value of the English language proficiency equity loading for eligible schools has been increased to $2,400, with the maximum amount increased to $700,000. The minimum FTE is now 0.2 FTE and the maximum is now 6.0 FTE.  

The total pool of EAL/D teacher positions is 1,000 FTE. This includes the additional 104 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions that will continue in 2021, provided to assist schools in meeting the learning needs of growing numbers of EAL/D students.

Need to know more?

Contact the EAL/D education coordinator on 7814 3727, the rural and regional EAL/D education advisor on 7814 3731 or your Director, Educational Leadership.

Refer to School Excellence in Action: Using funding for EAL/D students and the  Multicultural education and English as an additional language or dialect webpages.

For details of how to use the allocation and best practice examples, visit the SBAR resource hub.

The 2020 flexible funding allocation is shown on the report and will be updated in the 2021 SBAR Adjustments. Further advice will be provided to schools early in Term 4 2020.

The learning and support teacher allocation is for 3 years – 2018-2020 – and has been extended for 2021.

Need to know more?

Contact your student support services team on 131 536 or your Director, Educational Leadership.

Additional information and resources are available at Disability, learning and support.

For details of how to use the allocation and best practice examples, visit the SBAR resource hub.

Schools receive an SFLM budget based on the individual school’s average sick and FACS leave taken between 2017 and 2019. Sick and FACs leave taken in 2020 has not been included in the calculations. The school’s average position is moderated according to a state-wide benchmark of sick days for schools.

Need to know more?

Contact EDConnect on 1300 32 32 32, option 1 or option 4.

Additional information is available on the sick and FACS leave model webpage.

New eFPT eLearning modules will be released in phases to align with the school financial planning calendar and the finance-related activities that schools are expected to perform. 

Two financial planning eLearning modules are available via MyPL (filter on the key learning area – EdConnect training for schools) from Term 4 2020:

  • EDConnect: Staff and financial planning I – Introduction and readiness
  • EDConnect: Staff and financial planning II – Creating the plan in eFPT. 

Additional eLearning modules are planned for release in Term 1 2021 to support schools in monitoring and adjusting their plans. 

Updated and simplified eFPT support material will also be available from Term 4 2020. This material has been designed to guide the staff and financial planning process in the eFPT, and complements the new eLearning modules.

The ability to pre-populate your opening balances will be disabled in the eFPT for 2021. 

Please also refer to the updated General Ledger Account listing and Budget Hierarchy available on the Schools Finance intranet. 

Need to know more?

For help call EDConnect on 1300 32 32 32 during business hours or log an online query.

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