Strategic Issues • The environment • Enrolments • Community Support • Federal Election • Funding - Funding Review - State funding • Transparency and accountability • National Initiatives - Australian Curriculum - BER • Green Paper - Kindergartens - Year 7 - Standards Authority • Other Issues
Enrolments • 2010 – February Census – 105,546 students • Enrolment growth slower than average (2009 – 3.2%; 2010 – 2.7%) • Impact of • Global financial crisis • Restricted capacity • Other local considerations
Enrolments in Queensland - 2009 Primary Enrolments Secondary Enrolments
Projected Queensland Enrolment Change 2009 to 2022 Source: DEEWR Enrolment Projections 2010 and ABS Schools Australia 2009
Enrolments • An additional 47,000 enrolments through to 2022 • Up to 100 new schools required? • Think Tank – • School Infrastructure Planning & Provision
Community Attitudes • Independent schools carry a very positive image across the population • 7 in 10 indicate that in general they support independent schools • This support has increased from 54% in 2001 to 70% in 2009
Support for independent schools has increased since 2001….. I’m going to read some statements about education. Tell me whether you agree or disagree with each one. “In general I support independent or private schools” Base: Colmar Brunton 2001 nationwide n=905; UMR Dec 2009 n = 1000 nationwide [used slight variation in question wording and methodology] 13
Community Attitudes Community attitudes towards independent schools: a nationwide survey (February 2010) Positive Attitudes towards Independent Schools in Queensland (March 2010)
Federal Election • Education (particularly schools funding) has featured in past Federal elections • Funding issues “neutralised” for 2010 because of Review of Schools Funding
Legislation Timeline FEDERAL ELECTION LEGISLATION FOR NEW QUADRENNIUM INTRODUCED FEDERAL ELECTION Review of Schools Funding Review of Schools Funding LEGISLATION FOR NEW QUADRENNIUM INTRODUCED FEDERAL ELECTION LEGISLATION FOR NEW QUADRENNIUM INTRODUCED FEDERAL ELECTION
Federal election Federal election materials • Alerts • Fact Sheets • Independent Updates • Electorate Information • Policy updates • Electorate forums
Schools Funding Review Julia Gillard’s view – “Australia’s school funding system is one of the most complex, most opaque, and most confusing in the developed world.” • Review commenced - • Review Panel • Terms of Reference • Discussion Paper http://www.deewr.gov.au/Schooling/Programs/Pages/FundingReview.aspx
Schools Funding Review Minister’s Message (in Discussion Paper / Terms of Reference): This review marks an important milestone in schooling for this country... I think the time is right to have this discussion in a constructive and open manner. The review of funding for schooling will be open and transparent. It will be consultative, wide ranging and comprehensive The review is not about taking money away from schools... This review is about the best allocation of resources to all schools — government and non-government — and directing funds to where they are needed most.
Minister Crean • ‘this is not about taking money away from schools” • “No school will be worse off – not a dollar will be taken away” • If Labor re-elected, schools funding overhaul would be his biggest priority
Opposition • “we are committed to SES funding model” • Funding model would be “enhanced” • Fully committed to funding maintained and guaranteed • Fully committed to indexation • Will look at “sensible” recommendations from the Funding Review
Schools Funding Review ISQ will contribute to the review through: • direct submissions to the Review Secretariat; • input to submissions made by other authorities such as the Independent Schools Council of Australia (a lead role for Independent sector) • informing member schools through memoranda and website resources - http://www.aisq.qld.edu.au/Page.aspx?element=271&category=1 • An ISQ Review Reference Group with representatives of the ISQ Board, Independent school systems, principals, bursars and other relevant experts.
Schools Funding Review • June 2010 - Finalisation of Terms of Reference • Second half of 2010 - Consultations • By the end of 2011 - Review Report • Decisions announced in 2012 Federal Budget?
Funding Models for Non Government Schools 1973 Schools Recurrent Resources Index (SRRI) Expenditure of each school measured against a standard of government costs for schooling 1985 Education Resources Index (ERI) School resources and expenditure compared with the costs of educating a child in a government school 2001 Socio-Economic Status (SES) Student focused proxy measure of the capacity of a school’s community to support it
Schools Funding Review Some key issues: • SES model • Funding Maintenance/Guarantee • AGSRC as the base • Indexation • Targeted programs • Commonwealth/State relations • Students with disabilities
Review Outcomes • Impact of Federal election • New model • ICSEA • Resources Index • Change in indexation • National Partnerships • National Education Agreement • More funding for schools?
Schools Recurrent Funding 2007-08 ($billions) SOURCE: Productivity Commission Report on Government Services 2010 and ANR 2007 and 2008 (latest available data)
Independent Sector Income 2008 SOURCE: MCEECDYA Annual National Report on Schooling 2008
Total Government Recurrent Funding Per Student – Government and Independent Schools 2007-08 SOURCE: Productivity Commission Report on Government Services 2010, DEEWR 2008 SES data and 2008 State/Territory funding data.
The SES System Final 2009 AGSRC Primary $8,380; secondary $10,646 SES score 85 Primary $5,866; secondary $7,453 SES score 130 Primary $1,149; secondary $1,459
The SES System Final 2009 AGSRC Primary $8,380; secondary $10,646
Funding Maintenance 2009 • 1,631 Catholic systemic schools • 55% funding maintained • 11% funding guarantee • 34% on SES score • 1,096 independent schools • 17% funding maintained • 28% funding guarantee • 55% on SES score
Difference in per capita government recurrent expenditure (FTE) between government and non-government schools 2007-08
Total Government Recurrent Expenditure Per FTE Student in Government Schools (FTE) 2007-08 ($)
Savings from students attending non-government schools 2007-08 ($ billion)* *Recurrent expenditure only – excludes capital
Movement in the AGSRC Average Annual Increase 1994 to 2009: Primary 5.6%; Secondary 4.8%