The NSW Government will allocate $45.6 million to the Central Coast’s 70 public primary and high schools for the 2022 school year.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said the funding is a $445,444 increase on the 2021 allocation, and will be allocated through the Resource Allocation Model (RAM).
“RAM is a needs based model that ensures funds are targeted towards the individual needs of students,” Mr 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 recognises that each schools has different needs and takes into account 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 $10.4 billion investment being delivered directly to public schools in 2022, supporting our students and improving their learning outcomes,” Ms 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 reducing 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.
The NSW Government is working to create Australia’s best education system and to provide students with world-class education, no matter where they live.