Scot MacDonald
FUNDING TO HUNTER SCHOOLS
9th Nov 2017

Government schools in the Hunter will be able to improve education resources and support for students with a total of $94.5 million in needs-based funding for 2018.

The funding breakdown for each electorate is;

Cessnock

$17,997,826

Charlestown

$9,800,455

Lake Macquarie

$9,980,859

Maitland

$15,996,670

Newcastle

$6,852,935

Port Stephens

$11,863,171

Swansea

$10,864,744

Wallsend

$11,165,114

Total:

$94,521,774

 The funding will be available to address the specific needs of schools. Schools may choose to implement initiatives such as targeted literacy and numeracy support, teacher training and speech pathologists.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC welcomed the funding for local schools.

“This funding will give schools the freedom to meet the specific needs of students and our local community,” Mr MacDonald said.        

“I’m pleased the NSW Government is delivering the extra resources our local schools need to provide the high-quality education our children need and deserve.”

Education Minister Rob Stokes said providing school funding on a needs basis was vital to getting the best possible educational outcomes.

“The combination of funding increases and changes will enable schools to sharpen their focus even more on catering for the specific academic and wellbeing needs of their individual students,” Mr Stokes said.

Schools across NSW will receive a record $1.09 billion in needs-based funding in 2018. This includes $80 million in additional funding, which is an 8 per cent increase from 2017.