Public schools on the Central Coast will receive $45.6M NSW Government funding in the 2022 school year – a $445,444 increase on the 2021 allocation.
Funds have been allocated by state electorate: Gosford is to receive $10.99M; Terrigal $6.19M; The Entrance $11.79M; and Wyong $16.62M.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch, said the funds would be allocated to primary and high schools through the Resource Allocation Model (RAM).
“RAM is a needs-based model that ensures funds are targeted towards the individual needs of students,” Crouch said.
“This gives each school principal the freedom to make spending decisions.
“It helps them to effectively strategically plan the use of resources which puts students and their educational needs first.
“Our schools can use the funding to hire more staff, buy new IT equipment, or build new facilities – whatever each school principal decides will best meet their unique teaching and learning needs.”
The allocation of RAM funding considers the socio-economic profile of students, Aboriginal student numbers, students with disability and English language proficiency.
Minister for Education, Sarah Mitchell, said the funding provides certainty and gives schools the ability to plan the investment in their students.
“The allocations are part of a total $10.4B investment being delivered directly to public schools in 2022,” Mitchell said.
“This record investment is not a ‘spend and forget’, but a targeted approach solely focused on our students and underpinned by the new School Success Model.”
The School Success Model’s commitment to simplifying school budgets and reduce time spent on low-value administrative tasks in schools strengthens the state-wide focus on teaching and learning to ensure funding is invested to improve results, Mitchell said.
Verified Source: Media release, Oct 20 Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch