Students in Kawana are set to benefit from the second round of Great Results Guarantee funding announced today.
Member for Kawana Jarrod Bleijie welcomed the announcement on behalf of local students.
He said that more than $2.1 million would go directly to Kawana schools in 2015, $816,000 more than last year’s allocation.
“The Queensland Government has a strong plan for the state’s future, which is why we are working hard to revitalise frontline services, particularly education,” Mr Bleijie said.
“Local schools have already experienced the benefits of the Great Results Guarantee initiative and this funding boost will continue to improve the literacy and numeracy outcomes of our students.”
Mr Bleijie said the funding would empower principals to invest in programs and initiatives that will make a real difference in their school by targeting areas for improvement.
He praised the community involvement aspect of the Great Results Guarantee. “Schools are encouraged to involve the community in deciding how to invest the funds, and their guarantees are published on their website,” Mr Bleijie said.
“The more involved a community is with the school the more likely students will enjoy a successful education experience.”
Premier Campbell Newman said that a total of $183 million would be provided to all Queensland state schools next year, a $52 million increase on the $131 million provided in 2014, the first year of the Great Results Guarantee.
“This increased investment is taking us one step closer to our vision for Queensland to be among the top performing states in literacy and numeracy by 2020,” Mr Newman said.
Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said the Great Results Guarantee was allowing schools to direct funds where they were most needed.
“Through the Guarantee and the programs it makes possible, primary schools can ensure our youngest learners acquire a solid foundation of literacy and numeracy skills for long term results,” Mr Langbroek said.
“The Great Results Guarantee base funding amount for secondary schools has increased in 2015 to $230 per student, which of course includes our Year 7s moving into high school next year.”
Mr Langbroek said that on top of per-student funding allocations, additional funding was also allocated to schools with students in Years 3 to 12 who were not demonstrating sound achievement in mathematics and English.
“It’s about making sure that every student’s needs are recognised and addressed with the learning support they need,” Mr Langbroek said.
Mr Langbroek said the Great Results Guarantee investment was the result of the Australian Government’s Students First – A fairer funding agreement for schools initiative.
For more information on the Great Results Guarantee, visit www.education.qld.gov.au/resultsguarantee
SCHOOL FUNDING ALLOCATION
Buddina State School $200,607
Chancellor State College $655,336
Kawana Waters State College $395,307
Meridan State College $592,088
Talara Primary College $279,600