"Schools deserve long-term policy certainty to enable planning and growth," NSW Secondary Principals’ Council President, Chris Presland said in a media release this week.
The SPC statement notes education funding expert Dr Jim McMorrow's recent report explains the politics of instability around funding creates an insecure and potentially volatile situation for schools in which they are expected to make decisions about educational goals, priorities and resource allocation within the context of continuing policy uncertainty. Also, that Dr McMorrow's analysis highlights the precarious state of schools funding and questions the Federal Government’s claim that it will deliver needs based funding to schools after 2017.
"The Gonski model of school funding is the only comprehensive funding model which delivers long term funding and stability which is sector blind and student focused," Mr Presland said.
“Increased funding and resources are already lifting results across a broad range of educational outcomes, and so we have had a taste of what a needs based funding model can deliver over a short period of time. Therefore, the Federal Government must provide the additional funding that will still be needed, beyond 2017, for all schools to meet the Gonski based ‘Schooling Resource Standard’," he also said.