More than 90 per cent of all NSW public schools are set to receive a boost in funding under a new system that distributes money based on students’ socio-economic backgrounds.
The funding, which includes an additional $100 million from the federal government’s Gonski agreement, will be rolled out across state schools from next year.
Under the new scheme announced on Tuesday, the funds – which are on top of a school’s base budget for staffing and operations – will be allocated according to need.
Schools with pupils from relatively disadvantaged backgrounds or with more Indigenous students will get more money.
Education Minister Adrian Piccoli said the new model more accurately reflected the differences between schools.
“This means more than 90 per cent of all public schools will receive more funding,” he said.
But the government acknowledges about 180 schools with students from more privileged socio-economic backgrounds will be worse off.
The new funding model will also give principals and school communities more control over funding, with the proportion of their budget controlled by them eventually rising from 10 per cent to 70 per cent
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.