Reviewing the SES funding model, and what it means for Catholic school parents
Below is the letter I sent to all Catholic school parents on the Northern Beaches that have contacted me over the past year to discuss the Federal Government;s school funding reforms.
As promised, I endeavour to keep you up to date with the latest, and explain how you can get involved, so we can secure better outcomes for our local schools and your kids.
I encourage you to share this link with anyone you think will benefit from the information.
Funding update for Catholic schools and getting involved in the SES Review
Following our conversations at the end of last year, I am writing to update you on the Federal Government’s reforms to school funding.
The independent review of the socioeconomic status (SES) model has commenced, and as discussed during our coffee shop meetings, on the phone and online, there is an opportunity for parents and school communities be involved in this process.
As part of the school funding reforms adopted by the Parliament in mid-2017, the Government:
- increased federal funding for schools by an extra $23.5 billion over the coming decade, which, in NSW, will see the Catholic systemic school system receive an increase of 47.8% over that period (which is an extra $918 million);
- in response to concerns raised by the Catholic education sector and others, undertook to review the SES model which is being conducted by the new National School Resourcing Board;
- in the interim, will provide funding that is equivalent of the current system-weighted average SES scores in calculating funding for the non-government sector in 2018; and
- guaranteed in law the right of state Catholic education authorities to determine how their state-by-state funding is allocated to individual Catholic schools (remembering that the federal government does not directly fund individual systemic schools but instead provides block funding to each state Catholic education office).
The Government has since established the National School Resourcing Board as an independent body. The Board is being chaired by Michael Chaney AO and includes representatives from the states and non-government school sectors. The Catholic education sector is being represented by Professor Greg Craven, Vice-Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University.
The Board has commenced its review of the SES model, and is calling for submissions. Submissions may be submitted by any interested party, including parents and their representative bodies.
I encourage you to provide comment on how the SES classifications have impacted you, and your school communities. As the parents who make the financial sacrifice to provide your children with a private education, you are best placed to provide real and direct feedback.
If you would like to make a submission the closing date is 20 February 2018. More information about the SES review and how to lodge a submission here.
As this review progresses, I will continue to work with our local schools, parents and P&Fs. In the meantime, please share this letter with any parent you think might be interested, the more parents from the Northern Beaches get involved, the more weight their submissions will carry.
Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you might have, or let me know if there is any further assistance I can provide. As you hopefully know by now, the viability of our local catholic education is something I care about deeply, so I am here to help.