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Update for Schools 8 February 2011. Topics. Enrolments Funding Australian Government Review of Funding My School website Australian Curriculum Year 7 Kindergartens. Enrolments. August 2010 Census 107,611 students This was a 2.1% increase over the figure for 2009.

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Update for schools 8 february 2011

Update for Schools8 February 2011



  • Enrolments

  • Funding

  • Australian Government Review of Funding

  • My School website

  • Australian Curriculum

  • Year 7

  • Kindergartens



August 2010 Census

107,611 students

This was a 2.1% increase over the figure for 2009

Update for schools 8 february 2011

Introduction of the Prep Year



Australian Government General Recurrent Grant Supplementation 2010

  • Primary8.2%

  • Secondary 7.0%



  • Media focus on fee increases for independent schools

  • Fee increases reflect the increasing cost of providing education

  • Staff salaries, smaller class sizes, IT, capital needs, increased compliance and accountability



Latest Productivity Commission Data on Government Funding for Schools (2008/09)

Government Schools$13,544 per student

Non Government Schools $6,850 per student

In Queensland, it is estimated that independent schools save the taxpayer over $700 million annually in funding

Review of funding

Review of Funding

  • Review Panel released Emerging Issues Paperin December

  • Submissions sought by 31 March 2011

Key themes

Key Themes

  • Equity of educational outcomes

  • Recurrent funding

  • Capital funding

  • Targeted and needs based funding

  • Support for students with special needs

  • Governance and Leadership

  • Community and family involvement

Review of funding1

Review of Funding

Panel is undertaking research on

  • Feasibility of developing a schooling resource standard

  • Assessing existing funding models for schooling in Australia

  • Funding for disadvantaged students

Review of funding2

Review of Funding

  • Further report from the Panel expected later this year

  • Review is scheduled to be finalised by the end of 2011

  • Review outcomes will inform Government decisions about funding for independent schools from 2014

Update for schools 8 february 2011

Tanberg – The Age 5/2/11

My school

My School

  • The release of Version 2 planned for early December 2010 was postponed

  • Concerns of the independent sector about the accuracy of individual school financial data

  • Concerns also about the validity of ICSEA

My school1

My School

  • ACARA is currently undertaking a validation process of school financial data

  • Each school must confirm that its financial data is correct

  • Reviews of ICSEA scores have been undertaken where requested

School finances

School Finances

My school2

My School

  • Expected that the new My School will be released shortly

  • It will include 2010 NAPLAN outcomes

  • ACARA has advised that schools may seek a review of their ICSEA score at any time

  • ISQ position - financial data is not comparable across schools

Australian curriculum

Australian Curriculum

  • Ministers approved the Australian Curriculum for Foundation (Prep) to Year 10 for English, mathematics, science and history on 8th December 2010

  • However, Ministers did not approve the achievement standards in their current form

  • Ministers have instructed ACARA to finalise for their approval the achievement standards and any adjustments and refinements that may need to be made to the curriculum content by October 2011

Australian curriculum1

Australian Curriculum

  • The Queensland Implementation Plan remains unchanged

  • 2011 is awareness raising, engagement and understanding

  • 2012 implementation of English, mathematics and science i.e. to teach, assess and report on the Australian Curriculum

  • 2013 implementation of history

  • Early adoption of Australian Curriculum is an individual school decision

Australian curriculum2

Australian Curriculum

  • The Queensland Studies Authority has a package of 100 resources available on their website to assist schools with planning, unit development and audit tools

  • www.qsa.qld.edu.au

  • Independent Schools Queensland briefings for principals and School Leaders continuing – refer to www.aisq.qld.edu.au for details

Australian curriculum3

Australian Curriculum

  • Draft Version 2 of The Shape of the Australian Curriculum now available for consultation

  • Final The Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Geography now available

  • Draft The Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Languages now available for consultation

  • All available at www.acara.edu.au

Green paper a flying start for all

Green Paper – A Flying Start for All

  • State Government announced in late 2010 that further consultation will be held on the proposed movement of Year 7 to secondary

  • It is expected those consultations will be held during February/March



  • New recurrent funding arrangements for kindergartens commencing in 2011

  • Approved kindergarten providers eligible for recurrent funding for kindy aged cohort

  • Providers must be licensed; 15 hours a week for 40 weeks a year; and delivered by a qualified teacher



  • Independent Schools Queensland is an approved “Central Governing Body” to administer kindergarten funding for stand alone kindergartens

  • Long Day Centres funded directly by the Department

  • Independent schools with stand alone kindergartens and kindergartens with close association with independent schools may join the ISQ CGB for funding purposes

Update for schools 8 february 2011

Best wishes for 2011

Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information or clarification of any details


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