On 2nd May, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Education Minister Simon Birmingham announced some details of their plans for school funding in 2018 and beyond.
SEA welcomes the news that more funding will provided to non-government and government schools over the next 10 years with projections that funding will grow from $17.5 billion in 2017 to $30.6 billion in 2027.
However, until we see the details and how funding will be allocated, all we can do is welcome the increase, as that will certainly support students. How schools will be held accountable for extra funds and what this will mean for schools and teachers already over burdened with compliance expectations remains to be seen.
We know the government is data driven; data that is often narrowly focused and quantitative. I can only hope that schools will be able to use funds as they determine what will best improve student outcomes, knowing their community, their school, families and of course their students.
Malcolm Turnbull and Simon Birmingham stated in their announcement yesterday that “National and international reports have shown declining performance in Australia’s education system, despite record increases in funding. We cannot accept increased investment and declining results. We must focus on quality to improve education outcomes for all Australian students.”
Steiner teachers understand that outcomes are not just academic or PISA/NAPLAN based test results. Education outcomes mean a focus on the whole picture of the human being; spiritual, social, emotional, physical and intellectual.
David Gonski and Ken Boston will conduct a new inquiry, to report by December this year, into how this extra funding should be used by schools to improve student achievement and school performance. SEA will certainly be involved in any consultation process and keep members updated.
Tracey Sayn Wittgenstein Piraccini
(See attached for further details)May 2017