Targeting school funding where it counts
- Minister for Education
- Leader of the House
Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today welcomed the Queensland Government’s Great Results Guarantee—an $800 million initiative that will help target funding where the state’s schools need it most.
“The Great Results Guarantee will empower principals and school communities to decide how the money should be spent—depending on the unique situation in every Queensland school.”
The Great Results Guarantee will be supported by a further $131 million in federal money in 2014 through the Coalition Government’s Students First schools policy.
“We will provide this additional funding with no strings attached because we recognise Queensland’s education authorities know how to invest in their students’ education,” Mr Pyne said.
“Around 1233 state schools in Queensland will receive their current level of funding plus a share of the $131 million, meaning every school will be better off.”
Mr Pyne said the federal government already funds students based on the level of education need, and this money will flow in the same way.
“But we know that just spending more money doesn’t mean we get better results—that’s why the Great Results Guarantee will have a strategic outcomes-based approach,” Mr Pyne said.
“The Coalition and Queensland Governments believe community engagement is an essential part of empowering local schools, their principles, parents and students.”
The annual funding boost for Queensland state schools comes with a guarantee that every Queensland state school student will either:
• achieve the National Minimum Standard for literacy and numeracy for their year level; or
• have an evidence-based plan, developed by the school, in place to address their specific learning needs.
This additional funding for Queensland was cut by Labor before the last election. The Coalition Government has put in more funding than the previous Government and delivered a truly national model.
The Opposition has said state governments can’t be trusted to make decisions about how to fund their schools, but today we see Queensland release a policy that puts students and improving student outcomes first.
For further information on the Coalition Government’s education reforms visit the Students First website.