Funding Increase To Meet The Needs Of Local Schools

Funding Increase To Meet The Needs Of Local Schools

Government schools in the Port Macquarie electorate will be able to improve education resources and support for students with $7.947 million in needs-based funding for 2018.

The funding will be available to address the specific needs of schools. Schools may choose to implement initiatives such as targeted literacy and numeracy support, teacher training and speech pathologists.

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams welcomed the funding for local schools.

“This funding will give schools the freedom to meet the specific needs of students and our local community,” Mrs Williams said.

“I’m pleased the NSW Government is delivering the extra resources to our local schools to provide the high-quality education our children need and deserve.”

Funding allocations include;

Camden Haven High School

1,293,844

Coopernook Public School

141,808

Hannam Vale Public School

25,039

Harrington Public School

249,994

Hastings Public School

440,374

Hastings Secondary College, Port Macquarie Campus

754,082

Hastings Secondary College, Westport Campus

792,907

Herons Creek Public School

64,601

Johns River Public School

48,394

Kendall Public School

271,538

Lake Cathie Public School

215,050

Lansdowne Public School

132,569

Laurieton Public School

290,750

Lord Howe Island Central School

80,113

Moorland Public School

117,905

North East Public School of Distance Education

225,972

North Haven Public School

322,108

Port Macquarie Public School

949,590

Tacking Point Public School

497,120

Telegraph Point Public School

109,020

Upper Lansdowne Public School

59,145

Westport Public School

865,537

Westport Public School will use the funding to support the implementation of the Early Action for Success program. Teachers have been completing their Language, Learning and Literacy training and implementing associated strategies in their classrooms.

Funding has also enabled additional professional learning for staff and the provision of release time to support increased collaboration in planning, programming and assessing through the school mentoring program. Teachers have time to observe each other’s classroom lessons to learn from colleagues, leading to improvements in their own teaching practice.

Education Minister Rob Stokes said providing school funding on a needs basis was vital to getting the best possible educational outcomes.

“The combination of funding increases and changes will enable schools to sharpen their focus even more on catering for the specific academic and wellbeing needs of their individual students,” Mr Stokes said.

Schools across NSW will receive a record $1.09 billion in needs-based funding in 2018. This includes $80 million in additional funding, which is an 8 per cent increase from 2017.

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