Gonski stories

Central Schools Newsletter, November 2015

The crucial challenge for the public education community is to secure from the Federal Government full funding for the fifth and sixth years of the Gonski needs-based schools funding model, which will transition all schools to a minimum resource standard.

Meeting the minimum resource standard by 2019 is in peril, because the Federal Government has not committed to funding the Gonski model for 2018 and 2019.

NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli said: "“I am bitterly disappointed that the Commonwealth Government has walked away from a signed agreement with NSW … This will cost NSW schools $1.2 billion in 2018 and 2019 alone, with Government schools losing $944m…” (May 14)

In the quest for full Gonski funding, it is vital for all central schools to promote their Gonski success stories to the school, wider community and relevant MPs. Gonski success stories enable us to highlight the positive changes that have occurred in NSW public education as a result of a fairer needs based funding model.

The story strategy was encapsulated in an Education (July 27) article:

Gonski funding success is 'indisputable'

Gonski stories are indisputable, powerful and must be shared with whoever will listen, Federation Executive member Natasha Watt told the NSW Teachers Federation Annual Conference in June.

Ms Watt said Woonona High School's Gonski money has been "cleverly spent on reducing class sizes and increasing curriculum choices in Stage 6".

"The strategic spending of Gonski money has resulted in 48 per cent of year 12 students in 2014 achieving university enrolment with an additional 39 per cent of students furthering their tertiary education at TAFE," she said.

"In total, 87 per cent of the 2014 HSC cohort transitioned into further education.

"This is a phenomenal increase of 57 per cent on pre-Gonski times!"

Ms Watt illustrated the power of sharing the successes of the needs-based funding model in the campaign to secure Federal Government funding for the fifth and sixth years of the Gonski agreement.

To tell your school's Gonski story visit https://www.nswtf.org.au/pages/gonski.html.

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