Managing your total school budget


Local Schools, Local Decisions has increased
staffing flexibility, focused on local decision-making and delivered
a streamlined budget that provides additional resources recognising
different school and student needs. In 2018 all NSW Public Schools will start
implementing their 2018-2020 school plans – informed by the updated
School Excellence Policy and School Excellence Framework. With input from their communities, schools
will make decisions about how to use their total school budget
to generate the greatest impact on student learning outcomes. The school plan identifies the staffing and
operational resources needed to achieve their improvement
measures. Schools are already managing their budget
allocations and using evidence to inform their teaching
to best meet the needs of their students. A coastal high school employed two additional
staff to mentor, support and track their HSC students with
a focus on improving student outcomes, and as a result
similar strategies are being used for Stages 4 and
5. A metropolitan public school developed an
effective way to improve community engagement in school
decision-making. It focused on finding better ways to communicate
with families, helped them to develop skills to assist in
the classroom and enabled them to play a more active role
in the decision-making of the school. And a rural public school has used its resources
strategically to combine roles, establishing a teacher-mentor
position to improve the skills of classroom teachers. The greatest impact has been for students
in the lowest reading levels. In 2018 schools have increased support options,
and will have the capacity to employ a business manager
and/or additional administrative support staff to enable
a core focus on teaching and learning. And with One Plan, One Budget and One Report
principals in NSW Public Schools are able to strategically
manage their total school budget to deliver improved
learning outcomes for all their students.

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