RAM provides for regional schools
NSW public schools will receive a record $219 million in additional needs-based education funding distributed under the new Resource Allocation Model (RAM).
Regardless of the school they attend, where they live or their family’s income, every child across the state will have access to the best possible education.
Under the direction of our Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli, the NSW Department of Education has developed a fairer needs-based model – the Resource Allocation Model (RAM). The model is transparent, sustainable and adaptable, and will allow schools, especially those in regional NSW, to benefit from millions of dollars in additional funding which they can adapt to their needs.
“More funding than ever is going directly to schools so principals are able to target resources and better meet the needs of their students,” Adrian said.
“We are seeing schools engage specialist teachers and additional staff with expertise in areas such as literacy, numeracy and speech pathology to tailor support and respond to the unique learning needs of their students.”
The needs-based RAM model is made up of three key components which reflect the school and its community:
- The base school allocation which factors in the institution's location plus its base operation and staff expenses;
- Equity loadings that rate the socio-economic background, English language proficiency and Aboriginal background of students along with the number of children in regular classes with low-level disabilities who require additional learning and support needs; and
- Targeted (individual student) funding that considers if there are students with moderate to high disabilities, newly arrived students who speak English as a second language or there are refugee students.
Adrian said he was urged to adopt additional needs-based funding after seeing successful results in the classroom:
“Every time I visit a school I am very impressed to see first-hand the programs and initiatives made possible by needs-based funding and how they are making a real difference student by student, school by school.”
Many schools across regional NSW will directly benefit from the innovative changes including:
- Armidale City Public School receiving $445,508, an increase of $131,469;
- Port Macquarie Public School receiving $836,641, an increase of $320,242;
- Bourke Public School receiving $1,070,165, an increase of $209,689;
- Mudgee High School receiving $1,130,350, an increase of $205,077;
- and Gloucester Public School, who will receive $520,230, an increase of $86,321.