EMMA MCBRIDE MP MEMBER FOR DOBELL
NEEDS BASED FUNDING MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN CENTRAL COAST SCHOOLS
As students around the country break for holidays, Education Ministers from Federal and State Governments will be discussing the future of needs-based funding for schools at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Education Ministers meeting in Melbourne this Friday, 16 December.
Member for Dobell, Emma McBride, is urging the COAG Ministers to recognise the benefits of the Gonski need-based funding model, which is making a difference across schools on the Central Coast.
“At this time of year I am visiting schools and joining end of year presentations. I am hearing from teachers, parents and students about the fantastic programs in our schools,” Emma McBride said.
“Needs based funding is making a difference in our schools. Schools like The Entrance Public School, where extra funding is supporting their indigenous program and the Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) program as well as refurbishment of a classroom for coding and robotics.”
“The best part is the real impact on students and the school community. At The Entrance Public School attendance has increased and academic results have improved.”
“At Wyong Creek Public School it’s meant more teachers’ aides. At Valley View Public School their ‘instructional leadership’ program will develop and mentor teachers. At Wadalba Community School a speech therapist is now supported and working with students.”
“Students are realising their potential with the expertise of talented teachers. Principals have the autonomy to develop their teams. Needs based funding makes this possible.”
“The Government’s failure to match Labor’s commitment to fully fund the final two years of the Gonski needs-based funding means over $79 million will not make its way to the classrooms of the Central Coast.”
“When Education Ministers meet on Friday I urge them to think of schools on the Central Coast and the impact this funding is having. The Education Minister in NSW is on board, we were the first State to sign up. The NSW Government knows this is good for schools.”