Video transcript – The journey to School Excellence
In NSW, the goal is clear – better educational outcomes for all students. So in March 2012, the government launched the Local Schools, Local Decisions (LSLD) education reform. This is the most significant and far-reaching reform of public school education in NSW in a century.
LSLD is about schools being able to make local decisions, placing students front and centre of all decision-making in schools to best meet their needs. A key element of LSLD is the Resource Allocation Model, RAM. This world-class funding methodology is a coordinated and sustainable approach to school funding, which ensures a fair, efficient and transparent allocation of the NSW public school education budget.
The RAM recognises that students and school communities are unique with different funding support needs. It provides certainty from year to year to support school planning, evaluation and reporting. In 2017, NSW public schools will receive additional Gonski funding as they continue to pursue school excellence in learning, teaching and leading. School excellence is at the core of all work across NSW public schools.
Schools plan, deliver and self-assess to maximise the educational outcomes of their students. This work is underpinned by a School Excellence Framework to ensure delivery of high quality education and is based on evidence of what works. It provides a tremendous backdrop for schools to reflect on the effectiveness of their practice.
It's about teachers using evidence to inform their practice to further meet the needs of each of their students, support teachers to connect their classroom practice with the planned improvements for whole school growth. The journey to school excellence and continuous school improvement is enabled by needs-based funding and is facilitated through one plan, one budget, one report for a stronger future.