Federal Government makes good on funding Gonski

Schools and students in Chifley are set to benefit from the Gillard Government’s new school funding model with an additional investment of around $5 Billion to be made available across all NSW schools.

Mr Husic believes with properly resourced classrooms, extra training for teachers and focused programs for students on offer, this plan will take Australian schools into the top five in the world by 2025.

“Our National Plan for School Improvement will establish a new, fairer school funding approach, based on the needs of individual students,” Mr Husic said.

“To achieve this, the Prime Minister has committed that for every extra dollar that the NSW Government is prepared to invest, the Federal Government will pay two dollars.

“It’s now time for Premier Barry O’Farrell to sign up to the National Plan for School Improvement and put future education of our students first.”

The new funding model includes a per student amount of $9,271 for primary school students, $12,193 for high school students and is based on the costs of delivering education in schools that we know are achieving great results.

Extra money, called ‘loadings’, will also be included for schools with students from low SES backgrounds, Indigenous students, students with disability, students with limited English skills, and small and remote schools.

“This is about helping every Australian child get the best possible education and secure a high-wage, high skilled job,” Mr Husic said.

“It is a plan not only for each and every student’s future but is a plan for our country’s future.”

More information about the plan and funding model is available at www.betterschools.gov.au.