Funding change brings benefit for Tweed students
Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli today visited Kingscliff High School, where he met principals from the Tweed 5 Community of Schools to see how their innovative use of the new Resource Allocation Model (RAM) funding has benefitted students.
Mr Piccoli, who was joined by Member for Tweed Geoff Provest, said it was encouraging to learn how the schools have been able to target their spending more directly at specific needs and projects.
“Principals and their school executives know how to get the most out of a school’s budget and we’ve given them the freedom to do just that,” Mr Piccoli said.
“I would like to commend the Tweed 5 on their use of the needs-based funding.”
Funding is based on five loadings for socio-economic standing, low-level disability, English language proficiency, Aboriginal background and geographic remoteness.
Banora Point High School, Kingscliff High School, Murwillumbah High School, Tweed River High School and Wollumbin High School make up the Tweed 5 and have used the funding to:
- provide extra opportunities for gifted and talented students;
- share professional development for teaching staff;
- employ additional behavioural and learning support teachers;
- employ mentors for Aboriginal students; and
- enable teachers to work together to support student learning and behaviour.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government reforms have ensured a fairer distribution of resources for schools and students in the Tweed,” Mr Provest said.
“It was exciting to learn how the Tweed 5 Community of Schools has banded together and the innovative techniques they are using to improve student results.”