2021 SBAR Adjustments updates

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

The SIP funding sources table in School Planning and Reporting Online (SPaRO) is updated with the allocations your school receives through the 2021 SBAR Adjustments. The balance column will automatically update when you add a fund source amount in your school’s implementation and progress monitoring table to resource an activity. With this new feature, your school can easily plan and track annual budget allocations and expenditure on initiatives.

Accountability for the effective use of needs-based funding must extend beyond reporting financial expenditure to include evaluation of the impact on student learning.

With the introduction of the Carry Forward Policy, schools are encouraged to read the policy implementation document ‘Schools Carry Forward Guidelines’.

Schools should consider value for money in how they decide to invest their carry forward funds. Some key ways to use carry forward funds effectively include using funding to: 

  • meet student learning and wellbeing needs and improve student outcomes, with particular focus on reading, numeracy and/or student attendance 
  • support the delivery of the strategic directions for student growth and attainment in your school’s Strategic Improvement Plan (SIP)
  • complement and enhance the purpose of needs-based funding
  • support minor maintenance and digital support for the classroom initiatives.

Need to know more?

Additional information and support to effectively plan and align school resources to initiatives that improve student outcomes can be accessed through:

This resource is not provided through the SBAR. The application process for New Arrivals Program support has changed. From Term 1 2021, schools will be able to apply for New Arrivals Program teaching support via the new arrivals application tab on the online data collections for schools website.

Need to know more?

Refer to the New Arrivals Program webpage..

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

Need to know more?

Refer to the staffing methodology review website.

From 2021, the funding allocation for utilities is provided for water and waste utility costs only, with electricity and gas now managed centrally for most schools.

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.

Budgets and costs for electricity and gas have been centralised for most schools, with accountability for energy usage remaining with principals and monitored monthly.

Need to know more?

Refer to the Utilities webpage on the SBAR resource hub for further information about transitioning to the centralised process.

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?

Refer to the English as an additional language or dialect webpage.

The low level adjustment for disability allocation for 2021 remains the same as for 2020, pending further work around the allocation methodology. The department, in consultation with stakeholder groups, is exploring the use of data collected through the Nationally consistent collection of data on school students with disability (NCCD) as a basis for the allocation methodology.

Need to know more?

Additional information and resources are available at Inclusive education.

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?

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

The flexible funding for wellbeing services allocation is ceasing from July 2021 and will be replaced by a staffing allocation for a full-time ongoing student support officer at all identified schools.

During the transition period in 2021, some of the identified schools will still receive the allocation as flexible funding for Terms 1 and 2. An individual email with additional information has been sent to each principal of identified schools.

Need to know more?

Refer to flexible funding for wellbeing for further information.  

This funding allocation is provided to schools successful in receiving a sustainable schools grant via the School Infrastructure NSW (SINSW) application process. For eligible schools, this can be seen under site specific in the 2021 SBAR Adjustments.

Need to know more?

Refer to Sustainable schools grants for more information.

This funding allocation is provided to teaching principal 1 (TP1) and teaching principal 2 (TP2) schools to support teaching principals participating in external validation in the current year. For eligible schools, this can be seen under site specific in the 2021 SBAR Adjustments.

Need to know more?

Visit the External validation – teaching principals support webpage on the SBAR resource hub. 

This funding allocation is provided to identified schools to support the staffing of Aboriginal learning and engagement centres. The Aboriginal Learning and Engagement Centre initiative supports the Premier's Priority of increasing the proportion of Aboriginal students attaining their Higher School Certificate (HSC) by 50% by 2023, while maintaining cultural identity.

This funding allocation is provided to professional experience hub schools to support high standards of professional experience for pre-service teachers studying an initial teacher education course.  

Need to know more?

Visit Professional experience hub schools for more information. 

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