Gonski funding vital in making a difference

20-10-2018 by admin

Cabramatta High School principal Beth Godwin
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Gonski funding is a much spoken about topic. It is on signs at school gates and in the media.

What Gonski means is additional funding to schools to provide programs and resources which address equity in schools.

2016 is the third year of Gonski funding and an additional $113 million has been distributed to schools in NSW.

Schools receive different amounts of money depending on their needs.

These needs are identified through criteria such as socio-economic disadvantage, refugee students, students with disabilities, Aboriginal students and non-English speaking background students.

Schools allocate the money in different ways depending on the needs of their students and community.

Following extensive research and data analysisat Cabramatta High School the $1.2 million Gonski funding is used to provide a homework centre five days a week with tutoring available to all students.

It employs a literacy expert and numeracy teachers to increase student learning in these two essential areas.

Teacher professional learning and leadership programs have been increased to ensure that highly qualified staff continue their professional growth.

Increased school to work transition programs have been put into place to give all students the opportunity to plan for their future.

A speech pathologist is employed to help students access a service that is often not available and would usually have significant waiting lists and expense to families.

There are additional student wellbeing programs and mentoring opportunities for students to increase their individual development and linking them to the outside world.

To find out more about how local schools use Gonski funding look a school’s annual report on their website. It may also be referred to as RAM funding.

In a recent educational tour of Shanghai I saw the impact that significant funding can have on educational outcomes, in creating a globally competitive education system.

In NSW I am seeing the significant impact increased funding has on student success.

Investing money in education makes a difference to students, educational communities and the strength of our country.

Beth Godwin is the Principal of Cabramatta High School

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