Money for Hunter schools

BOOST: Education Minister Adrian Piccoli at Cherrybrook Technology High School. PICTURE: Edwina PicklesSCHOOLS across the Hunter have received a funding boost from the Baird government, with education figuresrevealing no school inthe region will be worse off next year.
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Dozens of schools across the Hunter will gain hundreds ofthousands of dollars from next year, after the state government announced a record $219 million funding investment according to the Gonski needs-based funding formula.

The allocation will see no public school across the Hunter lose money next year, with funding increases ranging in size from $480,000 to $9000.

Big winners from the funding boost in the Hunterinclude Singleton, Toronto,Rutherford and Muswellbrookhigh schools, which will allreceive an more than$400,000 in additionalfunding.

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

“More funding than ever is going directly to schools so principals are able to target resources and better meet the needs of their students,” Education Minister AdrianPiccoli 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.

“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.”

Cardiff High School principal Gareth Erskine said the money would havea measurable impact on the programs his staff would be able to deliver to students.

Cardiff will receivean additional $309,000 funding allocation in 2017, and Mr Erskine said that would mean more than doubling the number of students taking place in specially targetedliteracy and numeracy programs.

The school delivers “Quick Smart” literacy and numeracy programs for year seven and eight students, and Mr Erskine said he could now“significantly increase the number of support teachers delivering the program”.

“In practical terms it will mean we canmore than double the number of students we can deliver the program to,” he said.

“Under ourplan we’ve already identified 16 students in year sevenfor the literacy programand 16 year eightstudents for the numeracyprogram.

“Now with thisfunding we’ll be able to deliver it to more than double that amount.”