Bathurst’s independent schools get a helping hand

NON-GOVERNMENT schools in Bathurst have received almost $120,000 in additional funding to put into resources where they are most needed, Member for Bathurst Paul Toole has announced.

All Saints’ College, The Scots School and St Stanislaus’ College will benefit from the additional Gonski funding, which is calculated on a needs basis

“Schools know best what these needs are and how to direct these funds – for teacher’s aides to support students with disability, for teacher training or for literacy and numeracy intervention programs,” Mr Toole said.

All Saints’ College will receive $36,537, St Stanislaus’ College will receive $45,063 and the Scots School will receive $38,100.

Education Minster Rob Stokes said the NSW Government was 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.

Under the 2013 agreement between the federal and state governments, government, Catholic and independent schools would all be funded to the same standard.

Investment will be provided on the basis of student need, such as low socio-economic status, Aboriginality and students with disability.

“The NSW Government passionately supports the existing Gonski agreement because of the benefits this funding brings to our students,” Mr Stokes said.

“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.”

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.