Funding boost for NT Government schools

NT Government

The final School Resourcing Model Funding for the year is being rolled out to schools across the Territory this week.

Government schools are set to receive an additional $12.7 million funding in 2021 with a total of $546.3 million allocated to schools to provide quality learning environments for students.

This includes $472.5 million in direct funding to schools – an increase of $11.1 million compared to last year.

In addition, $73.8 million has been allocated for school costs which includes principal salaries and allowances for school-based staff.

The School Resourcing Model Funding is allocated annually and provides transparency, autonomy and greater decision making for schools. It allows principals to tailor their workforce and resources to the needs of their students.

Funding for all schools in the Northern Territory is based on the needs profile of students who were enrolled and attending school in the prior year.

However this year, an alternative methodology was used to calculate funding allocations for a number of schools with reduced attendance due to COVID-19. Effective enrolment data for 2019 (rather than 2020) was used for 27 schools to ensure funding would not be decreased.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education Lauren Moss:

“The Territory Labor Government is investing in better education outcomes for our students because we want Territorians to have bright, empowered futures.

“This final round of School Resourcing Model Funding will enable our schools to plan the delivery of educational programs tailored to meet the needs of their students.

“Our most important asset is our children and supporting schools makes good sense.”

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