Queensland schools will be able to deliver more for their students, with increases in Gonski funding to go straight to schools next year.
Under the “Investing for Success” program, schools now know how much extra they will get in 2016 and can plan how to use these extra resources to benefit students.
Schools will see a total of $480 million extra over the 2016 and 2017 school years, up from the $183 million extra in 2015.
The new Queensland Government has changed the funding formula for 2016 so it is closer to the needs-based system envisaged by the Gonski Review, while ensuring that no schools will be worse off.
This means disadvantaged schools will get more than they did under the old system – recognising that schools in regional areas, with high numbers of students from poor families, with disability, with English as a second language or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, need extra resources.
Since Gonski funding began in 2014, schools in Queensland have already been delivering for students through extra literacy and numeracy programs, more in-class support, more professional development for teachers and increased opportunities for students.
But we need the full six years of Gonski funding to ensure that we close the gaps in resources and that all schools have the resources they need to give their students a quality education.
To see how much your school will gain, click here.
This funding is on top of the usual increases for indexation and for rising enrolment.
The extra funding is great news and will do great things at schools across Queensland.
But we need to keep campaigning to make sure that both the Queensland and Federal Governments commits to the vital fifth and six years of Gonski when the majority of the funding is due (2018 and 2019).
New PM Malcolm Turnbull has the chance to change tack and overturn Tony Abbott’s refusal to honour the last two years of the Gonski agreements.
For students who are waiting for literacy and numeracy support or assistance with a disability and for schools struggling with tight budgets that can’t support every student that needs it, this money is essential.
It’s crucial that Queensland schools have the same certainty over funding as their counterparts in NSW and SA – where State Governments have committed to paying their share of the 5th and 6th years.
National Gonski Week starts on October 26th, if you want to help make sure that Queensland schools get the resources they need, click here to find out how you can get involved.