Nardella welcomes schools equity funding

The Member for Melton, Don Nardella MLA has welcomed equity funding for Victorian schools to tackle disadvantage on student outcomes with innovative programs thanks to the Victorian Government’s record boost to equity funding.

Local funding will be directed to a number of Melton and Moorabool primary and secondary schools and include Melton Specialist School, Mr Nardella said.

Marking the one year anniversary of the Victorian Government’s $566 million equity funding investment, Minister for Education James Merlino said thousands of students had already benefitted.

One of the key findings of the Bracks Review into Government School Funding was that targeting funding where it is needed most is essential to improving student outcomes.

Schools have used their equity funding many different ways, including:

  • Appointing a play-based therapist to work with students from traumatic backgrounds at Dallas Brooks Community Primary School
  • Creating specific numeracy and literacy resources, hiring teachers, teaching assistants and more support staff at Sunshine College
  • Appointing a Koorie engagement officer to improve Koorie student attendance at St Georges Rd Primary School
  • Creating a specialist music program called Fusion Music at Narre Warren South P-12 College

Mr Nardella said:

This funding is making a difference to the lives of local Melton and Victorian students, and equity funding is here to stay.

A number of Melton Schools will today receive their indicative budgets for 2017, which will include their indicative equity funding for 2017.

The Victorian Government is also meeting its Gonski contribution again for 2017, which will be clearly outlined in every school’s budget.

On Friday, for the first time, every government school’s total indicative funding will be published on the Department’s website:

Minister for Education James Merlino said:

We know that needs-based funding works and is making a difference for thousands of students right now.

Our record investment in needs-based funding is helping every child reach their potential in the Education State.

The Commonwealth Government’s decision to walk away from the Gonski deal will leave Victorian schools almost $1 billion worse off each year.