It is a pleasure to see the amount of involvement Atwell College students are having in the local community at the moment. Atwell College students have been involved and continue to be involved in the athletics carnivals in the local area primary schools. The students have been completing tasks such as marshalling, coaching and judging. I can also report students from a variety of year groups have been involved supporting the community through volunteer work organized through the college. Well done to students involved in these activities.
Student Centred Funding 2015
The Education Department of Western Australia recently announced new funding arrangements for all schools, primary and secondary, IPS schools and non-Independent Public Schools. In essence the funding model for all schools is changing from base+allowances model to a student funded model with extra funding awarded to students satisfying certain characteristics. The additional funding attached to some students recognises social disadvantage, rural locations, remote locations and the like. All of these funding changes are based on a report tabled in parliament called the Teese Report. Professor Teese was contracted to write a report outlining funding changes designed to make the Education Department budget more equitable and efficient for all students in Western Australia. These changes are due to be implemented for the start of the 2015 school year.
All schools have been asking for increased flexibility in the way they are able to use their financial resources. This new funding model is designed to achieve more financial flexibility within all schools and therefore support student learning with programs designed in the school. Within this model Year 7 students are funded as secondary students because at the moment Year 7 students are not deemed part of secondary schools until 2015. Atwell College is different having Year 7 students as part of our population since the college’s foundation. At the moment the Year 7 students at Atwell College are funded under primary student funding arrangements. The new student centred funding model will be to the advantage of Atwell College.
Education Funding Arrangements 2014
As announced by the Education Department and discussed in the media all schools are affected by an alteration to funding arrangements in schools in 2014. The funding costs have been factored into Atwell College planning processes for 2014 and the college is confident in being able to offer an excellent level of education to all students. Current programs, courses and activities are not going to be altered or cancelled and some offerings will be increased due to the still expanding student numbers total in the college. The announcement that some Education Assistants will be re-deployed or will not have contracts renewed does not affect Atwell College. The Education Assistants at Atwell College are allocated to students with special needs and the funding source resourcing special needs students has not been removed. Please contact the Principal at Atwell College if you have any questions regarding funding arrangements for 2014