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PENRITH STUDENTS BENEFIT WITH A SHARE OF $219 MILLION FOR STUDENTS WHO NEED IT MOST

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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith today visited Cranebrook High School to announce that Penrith public schools will benefit from a share of the record $219 million in additional needs-based funding in 2017, made possible by NSW signing the Gonski agreement.

Stuart Ayres said local public schools will receive $11,944,534 in needs-based funding in 2017, which is an additional $3,510,213 on the 2016 allocation.   

 “The NSW Government is delivering on its commitment to deliver additional school funding based on student need,” Stuart Ayres said.

“These extra resources go directly to our Penrith schools allowing principals to better meet the unique needs of their students and the school community.

“I have seen schools in the Penrith electorate employ additional teachers with expertise to assist students who need extra support in key learning areas like literacy and numeracy.”

In NSW public schools, needs-based funding is distributed under the Resource Allocation Model (RAM), which uses information about student need to deliver resources where they are needed most, consistent with the Gonski recommendations.

Examples of local needs-based funding allocations in the Penrith electorate include:

  • Kingswood High School will receive $1,488,154  an increase of $344,589
  • Jamison High School will receive $1,074,399 an increase of $334,335
  • Cranebrook High School will receive $1,549,692 an increase of $257,782

Since 2014 public schools across NSW have received $504 million in extra funding helped by the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government signing up to the Gonski agreement.