Students at public schools in the region will benefit from the funding certainty delivered in their school budget allocations for next year.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the allocations to the region’s 35 schools are part of $10.1 billion in annual Gonski funding being delivered to public schools for 2021.
The distribution of funding through the Resource Allocation Model (RAM) ensures that the best possible learning opportunities are provided to directly benefit the 2021 student cohort.
Mr Saunders said almost $27 million worth of funding had been allocated for Dubbo electorate schools, and delivers support where it is needed the most, to students and schools with the greatest need.
This funding is an increase of more than $600,000 on the 2020 allocation for the electorate.
“Next year will be the eighth year that the Resource Allocation Model has delivered funding certainty to schools to enable them to plan ahead,” Mr Saunders said.
“This means that improvement will touch every classroom, benefit the work of every teacher and impact every student.”
In addition to a number of needs-based funding items, the funding will be predominately allocated through the seven RAM loadings – the equity loadings (socio-economic, Aboriginal, low level adjustment for disability, English language proficiency) and the base loadings (location, per capita and professional learning).
“Needs-based funding underpins the great strength of public education – equity of opportunity, and will ensure schools in the Dubbo electorate continue to flourish and deliver those opportunities,” Mr Saunders said.