Davidson Independent Schools Receive Helping Hand

Wednesday, 07 June 2017

Some non-government schools in the Davidson electorate have received $262,000 in additional funding to put into resources where they are most needed, Member for Davidson, Jonathan O’Dea, announced today.

Mr O’Dea said the following schools would benefit from additional Gonski funding, which is calculated on a needs basis:

  • John Colet School
  • Lindfield Montessori Preschool
  • Yanginanook School
  • Forestville Montessori School
  • Roseville College

“These schools can flexibly use the funds. They might use the funds for teacher’s aides to support students with a disability, for teacher training or for literacy and numeracy intervention programs,” Mr O’Dea said.

Education Minster Rob Stokes said the NSW Government is providing more than $45 million to Catholic and Independent schools in 2017, up from the $25 million in 2016.

The funding comes from the NSW Government under the National Education Reform Agreement, also known as the “Gonski” reforms. Investment is provided on the basis of student need, such as low socio-economic status, Aboriginality and students with a disability.

“The NSW Government passionately supports the existing Gonski agreement because of the benefits this funding brings to our students. We will continue to advocate for the federal government to honour this agreement.

“All our schools are important community assets, and we are committed to providing funds to support students in both government and non-government schools consistent with our agreement with the federal government,” Mr Stokes said.

The payment, to schools below the School Resource Standard, is the first of two to be made this year.

In 2017, the NSW government will provide $1.1 billion in funding for the non-government school sector, of which $60 million is additional funding. Government school funding figures will be announced later this year.