The New South Wales Teachers Federation has welcomed the first announcement of Gonski funding for the region, with many schools to receive significant boosts.
About $2.5-million will go to schools in the Tamworth electorate and over $2.8-million to those on the Northern Tablelands.
The Ashford Central School will see a funding increase of 154 per cent, and Bundarra Central School will see an increase of 333 per cent.
In the Tamworth electorate, Barraba Central School will see an increase of 97 per cent, while Curlewis Public School will see an increase of 95 per cent.
Marty Wheatley says it’s good to see one-third of the $300-million in funding addressing the most needy regional schools.
“Any increase in school funding is certainly most welcome, the way that it’s being rolled out is applying the needs-based allocations,” he said.
“So, that is for schools that have a high number of Aboriginal students, a high level of students with special needs, depending on the size of their school, remoteness, and all those sorts of things.”
But the Federation says it’s concerned about the future of school funding in the region, with the federal Government yet to commit to the final years of the Gonski school funding agreement.
Marty Wheatley says everyone is waiting for the Commonwealth to sign up to the full six years.
“The increases that were agreed upon between the previous Commonwealth government and NSW was for a six-year agreement, with the bulk of that funding to be delivered in Years 5 and 6,” he said.
“The original intention was for that increase to be introduced over time, so that it would be a permanent part of forward estimates and, ultimately, that’s what we want to see.”