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2020 Approved School
Budget Allocation Report:
A guide for schools

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Contents
    Contents ................................................................................................................................................ 2
    Introduction .......................................................................................................................................... 4
    Maximising your resources ................................................................................................................ 6
    Support for schools ............................................................................................................................. 7
    2020 School Budget Allocation contacts at a glance ...................................................................... 8
       Targeted funding .............................................................................................................................................. 8
       Equity loadings ................................................................................................................................................. 8
       Base school allocation ..................................................................................................................................... 9
       Operational funding .......................................................................................................................................... 9
       Initiative funding ............................................................................................................................................. 10
       Site Specific.................................................................................................................................................... 11

    Targeted Funding...............................................................................................................................12
    Refugee Student Support (SBAR page 3) .......................................................................................12
    New Arrivals Program (SBAR page 3) .............................................................................................13
    Integration Funding Support (SBAR page 3)..................................................................................14
    Equity Loadings .................................................................................................................................17
    Socio-economic Background (SBAR page 4) ................................................................................17
    Aboriginal Background (SBAR Page 5) ..........................................................................................19
    English Language Proficiency (SBAR page 6) ...............................................................................21
    Low Level Adjustment for Disability (SBAR page 7) .....................................................................23
    Base School Allocation .....................................................................................................................26
    Staffing (SBAR page 8) .....................................................................................................................26
    Sick and FACS Leave (SBAR page 8)..............................................................................................28
    Operational funding ...........................................................................................................................29
    School Operational Funding (SBAR page 9) .................................................................................29
    Utilities (SBAR page 9) ......................................................................................................................31
    Per Capita (SBAR Page 9) .................................................................................................................32
    Location (SBAR pages 9 and 10) .....................................................................................................33
    Urgent Minor Maintenance (SBAR page 9) .....................................................................................34
    Teaching Principals Relief (SBAR page 9) .....................................................................................33
    Initiative funding ................................................................................................................................35
    Professional Learning (SBAR page 9).............................................................................................35
    Beginning Teacher Support (SBAR page 9) ...................................................................................35
    Literacy and Numeracy (SBAR page 9) ...........................................................................................37
    Flexible Funding for Wellbeing Services (SBAR page 9) ..............................................................38
    Early Action for Success (EAfS) (SBAR page 9) ............................................................................39

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School Support Allocation (Principal Support) (SBAR page 9) ...................................................40
      Schools for Specific Purposes Quality Teaching Support (SBAR page 9).................................41
      Site Specific (SBAR page 9) .............................................................................................................41
      1. Equity Funding Support Package ................................................................................................46
      2. Using equity funding for students from low socio- economic backgrounds .........................47
      3. Using equity funding for Aboriginal students ............................................................................50
      4. Using equity funding for students learning English as an additional language or dialect ..55
      5. Using equity funding for students requiring low level adjustment for disability ..................58

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Introduction
    This guide is to help you understand your 2020 Approved School Budget Allocation
    Report (SBAR) and assist with the management of the total budget delivered to schools
    through the Resource Allocation Model (RAM). The guide should be read in conjunction
    with your 2020 Approved SBAR.

    Funding to NSW public schools through the RAM methodology is in its seventh year.
    Through the RAM, more resources are allocated to schools with the greatest need.

    The Approved SBAR shows each school’s funding allocation for the current year and
    includes staffing, operational costs, the seven needs-based loadings and initiative funding.
    The SBAR assists schools to develop their own budget and allocate funding to deliver on
    the strategic directions in their school plan to best meet student needs.

    Image 1 – Components of the RAM

    The following RAM loadings are included in the 2020 Approved SBAR:
      1. Socio-economic Background
      2. Aboriginal Background
      3. English Language Proficiency
      4. Low Level Adjustment for Disability
      5. Per Capita
      6. Professional Learning
      7. Location.

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Both the Planned and Approved SBARs provide details of the total budget allocations at a
      point in time:
         •   the staff entitlement allocations in the 2020 Planned SBAR reflect
             published 2020 Anticipated Enrolment and Entitlement reports
         •   the staff entitlement allocations in the 2020 Approved SBAR are based on
             published 2020 Actual Enrolment and Entitlement reports.

      Schools may also receive various budget adjustments throughout the year, for example to
      reflect published changes in entitlement.

    Changes to the 2020 Approved SBAR
    School administrative support staff (SASS) pay rise
    SASS pay rates have been amended in the 2020 Approved SBAR to reflect the new SASS
    award and hence will generate a variance between the 2020 Planned and 2020 Approved
    SBARs when compared. These variances will be seen against the applicable staff in the
    entitlement calculations and may also have an impact on the Aboriginal background equity
    loading funding.
    The 2020 Approved SBAR will calculate the differences between the 2020 Planned SBAR
    and the 2020 Approved SBAR and include an adjustment (2020 Approved SBAR
    adjustments) to reflect these variances. The budget adjustment completed in February 2020,
    which provided additional funding for SAS entitlement staff based upon the 2020 Planned
    SBAR FTE, will be reversed upon the processing of the 2020 Approved SBAR adjustments.
    This is required as these amounts will already be reflected in the 2020 Approved SBAR
    adjustments amounts.

    Additional programs
    Additional programs have been included to ensure schools have as much visibility as
    possible over their resources for the following year. The five new programs provided under
    Site Specific (SBAR, page 9) are:

         •   School for Specific Purposes (SSP) supplementary funding
         •   New Schools Student Support
         •   Year Adviser
         •   Supervisor of female students
         •   Personal leave and additional training days (incentive schools).
    Additional information about each allocation is provided in this guide under Site Specific.

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In schools that excel, resources are strategically used to achieve improved student
    outcomes and high quality service delivery.

    School Excellence Framework, page 14

    Maximising your resources
      •   Schools are expected to expend funds in the calendar year in which they are
          received. The funds have been allocated for students in the school in that year
          and are provided to support their needs.
      •   All schools have a school plan which must show their school community how they
          propose to support students. It is vitally important that accountability for the
          effective use of needs-based funding extends beyond financial expenditure to
          include evaluation of the impacts on student learning. Accountability for the
          effective use of the funds to improve student learning occurs through the school
          plan and the annual report.
      •   The funding provided in the SBAR is a critical resource and is provided to support
          the delivery of the strategic directions identified in the school plan that directly
          impact on student learning.
      •   The RAM and the SBAR provide funding certainty from year to year. It is not
          intended that the funds are rolled over from one calendar year to the next.
      •   Effective planning and management of resources will support student learning and
          maximise outcomes for that year.
      •   The Equity Funding Support Package was developed in consultation with the NSW
          Teachers Federation, the NSW Primary Principals’ Association and the NSW
          Secondary Principals’ Council. The package is available online and as appendix at
          the end of this document. It contains information about how to use the funding
          strategically and effective practice in using equity funding to support students and
          their learning.
      •   Staffing and operational funding reflect published 2020 Actual Enrolment and
          Entitlement reports including full-time equivalent (FTE) entitlement contained in
          equity loadings.
      •   All permanent and temporary employees engaged using the School Budget
          Allocation will be at standard cost. (Note: temporary staff engaged using school and
          community source funds are at actual cost plus on-costs.)

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Support for schools
      Schools should refer to the Resource Allocation Model (RAM) information available on the
      Strategic Schools Resourcing webpage for details of each aspect of the school budget
      allocation.
      Key contacts for each allocation are included in this guide.
      A range of support materials are also located on the Strategic Schools Resourcing
      webpage under Resource Allocation Model. This includes school funding snapshots
      which present examples of how school leaders made strategic funding decisions with
      their school funding allocations. The snapshots highlight the great work that schools are
      doing to make a positive difference to student learning and wellbeing.

      [In schools that excel] longer-term financial planning is integrated with school planning and
      implementation processes to address school strategic priorities and meet improvement
      goals.

      School Excellence Framework, p.14

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2020 School Budget Allocation contacts at
    a glance
    Targeted funding
                                                                                   WBS* (as
    Allocation        Key contacts
                                                                                   applicable)

                      Refugee Student Program Advisor                              Statewide Internal
    Refugee                                                                        Order 002004000122
    Student           P: 7814 3796 (Mon, Tues, Wed);
    support                                                                        STUDENTS –
                      P: 7814 3715 (Thurs, Fri)                                    Refugee Support
                      New Arrivals Advisor P: 7814 3046
                      E: ESLnap@det.nsw.edu.au                                     WBS Code
    New Arrivals
                      EAL/D Education Advisor (Rural and Regional)                 RSP/****61- 01 New
    Program
                      P: 7814 3731                                                 Arrivals
                      Intensive English Programs Advisor P: 7814 3284
                      In the first instance, please contact your local School      WBS Code
    Integration       Services team                                                RSP/****60-17
    Funding
                      P: 131536 or Disability, Learning and Support                Integration Funding
    Support
                      E: integration_funding_support@det.nsw.edu.au                Support

    Equity loadings

     Allocation        Key contact                                                 WBS* (as applicable)

     Socio-            The Director, Educational Leadership or
     economic          Strategic Schools Resourcing                                WBS – RSP/****50-17
     Background        E: SSR@det.nsw.edu.au                                       RAM Equity Funding

                       The Director, Educational Leadership or
                       The Director, School Services or your local                 WBS – RSP/****51-17
     Aboriginal                                                                    RAM Aboriginal
                       Aboriginal Education and Engagement Advisor
     Background                                                                    Funding
                       P: 131 536
                       EAL/D Education
                       Coordinator P: 7814
                       3727
     English
     Language          EAL/D Education Advisor                                     WBS – RSP/****50-17
     Proficiency       (Rural and Regional) P:                                     RAM Equity Funding
                       7814 3731
                       The Director, Educational Leadership
      Low Level         The Director, Educational Leadership or your local    WBS – RSP/****50-17
      Adjustment        School Services team                                  RAM Equity Funding
      for Disability    P: 131 536
    *Tracking expenditure against an individual program’s WBS/IO is voluntary. Schools that elect to
    track expenditure against a program’s WBS/IO, can record this against the WBS/IO indicated.
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Base school allocation
      Allocation         Key contact                                           WBS* (as applicable)

      Staffing           Please submit an online query and select Recruitment N/A

      QTSS               E: SSR@det.nsw.edu.au                                 N/A
      Rural and
      Remote
      Schools –
                         E: AboriginalEmployment@det.nsw.edu.au                N/A
      Aboriginal
      Employment
      Program
      Schools as
      Community
                         E: Tasnim.kazi@det.nsw.edu.au                         N/A
      Centres
      (SACCs)
      Sick and           E: SFLM@det.nsw.edu.au
      FACS Leave                                                               N/A
      Model (SFLM)

      Operational funding
      Allocation         Key contact                                           WBS* (as applicable)

      School
      Operational        E: schoolfunding@det.nsw.edu.au                       N/A
      Funding
      Utilities          E: schoolfunding@det.nsw.edu.au                       N/A
      Per Capita         Your Director, Educational Leadership or
                         Strategic Schools Resourcing                          N/A
                         E: SSR@det.nsw.edu.au

      Location           Your Director, Educational Leadership or
                         Strategic Schools Resourcing                          N/A
                         E: SSR@det.nsw.edu.au

       Urgent Minor     E: schoolfunding@det.nsw.edu.au                        N/A
       Maintenance
      *Tracking expenditure against an individual program’s WBS/IO is voluntary. Schools that elect to
      track expenditure against a program’s WBS/IO, can record this against the WBS/IO indicated.

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Initiative funding
     Allocation        Key contact                                                WBS* (as applicable)

     Professional      E: professionallearning@det.nsw.edu.au                     WBS – RSP/****05-17
     Learning                                                                     Professional Learning
     Beginning         Teacher Talent Team
                                                                                  WBS – RSP/****06-17
     Teacher           P: (02) 7814 3820, option 2
                                                                                  Beginning Teachers
     Support           E: beginningteachersupport@det.nsw.edu.au
                       Financial enquiries:
                       E: literacy.numeracy@det.nsw.edu.au
                       P: 7814 2708                                               Statewide Internal Order
     Literacy and                                                                 2004000093
                       Literacy and Numeracy support: use the School
     Numeracy                                                                     LITERACY/NUMERACY
                       Services Contacts tool to find contact details for the
                                                                                  – Literacy/Numeracy
                       Literacy and Numeracy Strategy Advisors in your
                       local School Services team.

                                                                                  WBS – RSP/****04-17
     Flexible
                       Leader, Wellbeing Strategy                                 Flexible Wellbeing
     Funding for
                       P: 7814 2356                                               Services or WBS –
     Wellbeing
                       E: wellbeing@det.nsw.edu.au                                RSP/****04-16 Flexible
     Services
                                                                                  Wellbeing Services.
                       Leader, Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan:
     Early Action      P: 7814 2784 or                                            WBS RSP/****01-17
     for Success       Strategy, Correspondence and Finance                       Early Action for Success
     (EAfS)            Coordinator: P: 7814 2708                                  Phase 2.
                       E: Literacy.numeracy@det.nsw.edu.au
     School
     Support
     Allocation        E: hrcompliancegroup@det.nsw.edu.au                        N/A
     (Principal
     Support)
     SSP Quality
     Teaching          E: hrcompliancegroup@det.nsw.edu.au                        N/A
     Support
     *Tracking expenditure against an individual program’s WBS/IO is voluntary. Schools that elect to
     track expenditure against a program’s WBS/IO, can record this against the WBS/IO indicated.

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Site Specific
      Allocation                         Key contact                            WBS* (as applicable)

      Access Program                     The Rural and Distance
      Funding Supplement                 Education Unit                         N/A
                                         P: 02 6334 8070
                                         E: rde@det.nsw.edu.au
      Distance Education
                                         The Rural and Distance
      Funding
                                         Education Unit                         N/A
      Supplement
                                         P: 02 6334 8070
                                         E: rde@det.nsw.edu.au
      Agriculture Grant                  E: schoolfunding@det.nsw.edu.au        N/A
      Central Schools                    E: schoolfunding@det.nsw.edu.au        N/A
      Allowance
      Community Centre                   E: schoolfunding@det.nsw.edu.a u       N/A

      Nappy Bins                         E: schoolfunding@det.nsw.edu.au        N/A
      School Security
                                         E: schoolfunding@det.nsw.edu.au        N/A
      Banking
      Support Classes                    E: schoolfunding@det.nsw.edu.au        N/A
      Specialist Support
      Suspension Centre                  E: studentbehaviour@det.nsw.edu.au     N/A

      Specialist Support
      Suspension Centre Cash             E: studentbehaviour@det.nsw.edu.au     N/A
      Grant
      Specialist Support
      Tutorial Centre Cash               E: studentbehaviour@det.nsw.edu.au     N/A
      Grant
      Braille Outpost SLSO               E: disability.support@det.nsw.edu.au   N/A
      Salary
      Year Adviser                       E: richard.coxon1@det.nsw.edu.au       N/A
      Supervisor of female
                                         E: richard.coxon1@det.nsw.edu.au       N/A
      students
      Personal leave and
      additional training days           E: richard.coxon1@det.nsw.edu.au       N/A
      (incentive schools)
      Smaller School
                                         E: teacherrecruitment@det.nsw.edu.au N/A
      Supplementation
      SSP supplementary                                                      WBS code format:
                                         E:staffingmethodologyreview@det.nsw RSP/xxxx62-01 Funding
      funding
                                         .edu.au                             Name: SSP Supplement
      New Schools Student                The Director, Strategic Schools
      Support                            Resourcing E: SSR@det.nsw.edu.au
      *Tracking expenditure against an individual program’s WBS/IO is voluntary. Schools that elect to
      track expenditure against a program’s WBS/IO, can record this against the WBS/IO indicated.
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Targeted Funding
     Refugee student support (SBAR page 3)
     Allocation of resources
     The 2020 allocation is shown on the report. This allocation does not change from the Planned
     to the Approved SBAR.

     Data source: English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) survey data signed off by
     the principal in June 2019.

     Use of funds
     This funding supports students from refugee backgrounds who have been enrolled in an
     Australian school for less than three years. Effective support for refugee students requires a
     coordinated whole school approach. Funds may be used for:

         •   creating a safe, welcoming school environment and orientation to school
         •   uniforms and essential equipment, camps and excursions
         •   bilingual learning support
         •   counsellor support
         •   assistance to enable teachers to differentiate teaching and learning
         •   additional English language learning and literacy support
         •   tutorial support to assist refugee students to complete homework and assessment
             tasks
         •   peer support to assist refugee students to participate actively in the school
             community
         •   mentoring to support refugee students in their transition to work or further education.

     Effective practice
     A secondary school uses their targeted refugee funding to create a refugee support
     coordinator role. This staff member coordinates personalised support for vulnerable refugee
     students. This resource is also used to provide uniforms and school equipment for some
     students, and to cover the cost of excursions and school activities to enable them to
     participate in school life.

     Contact
     Refugee Student Programs Advisor P: 7814 3796 (Mon, Tues, Wed); P: 7814 3715 (Thurs,
     Fri)

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Further information
    Refer to the department’s Multicultural Education and Supporting refugee students
    webpages.

    For financial accounting and monitoring purposes
    Tracking expenditure against an individual program’s WBS/IO is voluntary. For schools that
    elect to track expenditure against this program’s WBS/IO, the expenditure can be recorded
    against Statewide Internal Order 002004000122 STUDENTS – Refugee Support.

    New Arrivals Program (SBAR page 3)

    Allocation of resources
    Data source: Primary schools and rural and regional secondary schools with eligible,
    newly arrived students submit an application for New Arrivals Program (NAP) teaching
    support.
    The allocation is determined by information provided by the school on the application form
    (available on the New Arrivals Program (NAP) webpage). NAP teacher allocations are
    moderated against the level of funding a school may receive through the English language
    proficiency equity loading.
    Year 6 and high school aged new arrivals in metropolitan Sydney or Wollongong should be
    referred to their local Intensive English Centre (IEC) or the Intensive English High School
    (IEHS) for assessment and possible enrolment.

    Use of funds
      This resource provides on arrival, intensive English tuition for eligible, newly arrived
      students at the beginning and emerging phases of English language proficiency.
      The resource provides:
          • an English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) teaching allocation for the
            provision of initial intensive English tuition for eligible newly arrived students at
            primary schools and rural and regional secondary schools
          • a school learning support officer bilingual allocation for the provision of bilingual
            support for eligible recently arrived refugee students at primary and rural and
            regional secondary schools
          • intensive English classes (including EAL/D teaching and school learning support
            bilingual allocations) in rural and regional secondary schools with significant
            numbers of eligible, newly arrived students
          • additional staffing (EAL/D teaching and school learning support bilingual allocations)
            for IECs and the IEHS.

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Effective practice
          • Employment of a teacher to provide intensive English language support focusing
            on language development for social purposes, alongside language required to
            participate successfully in schooling, including understanding school routines,
            structures and key learning concepts.
          • Teachers of newly arrived EAL/D students create personalised learning profiles
            identifying students’ level of English language needs using the ESL scales and
            EAL/D learning progression. Language learning needs are identified in the context
            of the school environment as well as the curriculum with support strategies clearly
            outlined and communicated to all staff working with the student.
          • The NAP teacher works with class teachers to enhance teaching and learning
            programs through built-in language scaffolding to ensure classroom content is
            accessible for students with limited English language proficiency.

     Contact
          • New Arrivals Advisor P: 7814 3046 E: ESLnap@det.nsw.edu.au
          • EAL/D Education Advisor (Rural and Regional) P: 7814 3731
          • Intensive English Programs Advisor P: 7814 3284

     Further information
     Refer to the department’s English as an additional language or dialect education and New
     Arrivals Program webpages.

     For financial accounting and monitoring purposes
     Tracking expenditure against an individual program’s WBS/IO is voluntary. For schools that
     elect to track expenditure against this program’s WBS/IO, the expenditure can be recorded
     against WBS Code RSP/xxxx61-01 New Arrivals.

     Integration Funding Support (SBAR page 3)

     Allocation of resources
     The 2020 allocation was advised by Disability, Learning and Support in January 2020 and
     is confirmed in the 2020 Approved SBAR. This allocation includes on-costs and funding to
     cover vacation pay costs and takes into account the new SASS award.
     Integration Funding Support allocations support eligible students in mainstream classes
     with confirmed disability who require moderate to high levels of adjustment.

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Students who access this support must have essential educational needs that are directly
    related to their identified disability that cannot be met through the full range of school and
    local resources.
    Data source: The information provided on the Access Request is used to inform the
    allocation.
    Advice on completing the student profile is online or may be sought from the Learning and
    Wellbeing Advisor or Officer prior to submitting an Access Request for Integration Funding
    Support.

    Use of funds
    Information on the use of the allocation is available on the Disability, Learning and Support
    website. Schools are expected to expend the total allocation in the year received or return
    any unused allocation in excess of $100.
    The allocation is for teacher or school learning support officer salaries only – with a
    minimum period of employment of an unbroken two hours for school learning support
    officers.
    Approved uses include:
          • additional teacher time to provide adjustments
          • additional school learning support officer time to provide adjustments
          • teacher release
          • transfer of duty
          • program coordination time.

    Effective practice
    Examples of the effective use of the allocation include:
          • mentoring a class teacher by team teaching with a visiting teacher from a support
            class or local school for specific purposes to develop and practice adjustments
          • visiting an ‘expert’ teacher with skills and experience with a specific disability type
            and following up evaluation and discussions of adjustments implemented
          • providing release for professional learning regarding a specific disability
          • liaising with a therapist to implement recommendations effectively through teaching
            strategies across the school day
          • providing adjustments for student learning, developed by the class teacher and
            implemented with the assistance of a school learning support officer
          • providing adjustments for student participation, including those developed by the
            teacher in collaboration with medical and psychology professionals and
            implemented with the assistance of a school learning support officer.

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Contact
     In the first instance, please contact:
          • Your School Services team P: 131536 or
          • Disability, Learning and Support E: integration_funding_support@det.nsw.edu.au

     Further information
     Refer to the IFS Management Procedures document available through the
     department’s Disability, learning and support webpage.

     For financial accounting and monitoring purposes
     While schools are expected to meet program obligations, tracking expenditure against an
     individual program's WBS/IO is voluntary. For schools that elect to track expenditure against
     this program’s WBS/IO, the expenditure can be recorded against WBS RSP/****60-17
     Integration Funding Support.

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Equity Loadings
    Socio-economic Background (SBAR page 4)
    Allocation of resources
    The 2020 allocation is shown on the report. This allocation does not change from the Planned
    to the Approved SBAR.
    Data source: Data is extracted from the Enrolment Registration Number (ERN) system in
    early Term 2 each year and is used to calculate the Family Occupation and Education
    Index (FOEI) score for each school.
    The socio-economic Background loading is determined by the school’s average FOEI
    score for the past two years. The use of an average provides greater stability from one
    year to the next.
    Every student identified in Quarter 1 and Quarter 2 of the FOEI is funded. Quarter 1 students
    are funded at double the rate of Quarter 2 students, as research shows they have a higher
    level of additional learning needs.
    The allocation may include staff entitlement related to former equity programs appearing on
    published 2020 Actual Enrolment and Entitlement reports. Staff entitlement included in the
    socio-economic Background loading is funded from the loading and is not in addition to the
    loading. If applicable, the staff entitlement will appear in the blue section on page 8 of the
    SBAR.
    The report includes:
          • Needs based funding which shows the needs based allocation based on the FOEI
            and the number of Quarter 1 and Quarter 2 students.
          • Staffing adjustment (where applicable) which is provided to those schools that
            do not receive sufficient socio- economic Background funding to cover the cost
            of staff entitlement related to former equity programs appearing on published
            2020 Actual Enrolment and Entitlement reports.

    Use of funds
    Schools are expected to expend funds in the calendar year in which they are received.
    Accountability for the expenditure of these funds occurs through the school plan and the
    annual report.
    Principals consult with the school community to determine the best way to support the
    learning needs of students in their schools. Schools can choose to combine their equity
    funding with other funding sources to better support the needs of students. Whole of school
    programs and strategies may also support particular groups of students or individual
    students.

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Effective practice
     Examples of the effective use of the allocation from School funding snapshots include:
         •   releasing teachers to observe each other's practice
         •   employing a teacher to work as a numeracy and literacy mentor with identified
             students.
         •   employing an expert teacher as an instructional leader to support explicit quality
             instruction
         •   supporting students to gain broader and equitable access to curriculum and learning
             via a financial assistance pathway, providing funding to ensure engagement in
             whole school activities, including extra-curricular activities, school equipment and
             excursions
         •   employing an occupational therapist to work with families, teachers and students
             to support the development of students’ gross and fine motor development
         •   employing a youth worker to support students’ social skills, leading to less
             playground issues
         •   implementing a homework club to support students to complete assessment
             tasks and regular homework with university students hired by the school
         •   employing an expert teacher to develop and implement a whole school literacy
             program
         •   employing a speech therapist to work with students, individually and in small groups.
             School learning support officers (SLSOs) provide additional practice with students
             outside of speech therapy sessions
         •   releasing assistant principals/head teachers to work with their stage/faculty one day
             per week
         •   employing a learning and support teacher to assess and work with students
             requiring additional support.

     Contact
         •   Your Director, Educational Leadership or
         •   Strategic Schools Resourcing E: SSR@det.nsw.edu.au

     Further information
     For more information on FOEI refer to the 2019 FOEI Information Sheet,
     Learning Curve Issue 5 – Getting the funding right and the School funding snapshots on
     the Strategic Schools Resourcing webpage.
     Additional information to support the use of equity funding is available in the Equity
     Funding Support Package which is also contained as an appendix in this guide.

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For financial accounting and monitoring purposes
    While schools are expected to meet the obligations associated with the funding, tracking
    expenditure against an individual program’s WBS/IO is voluntary. For schools that elect to
    track expenditure against this program’s WBS/IO, the expenditure can be recorded against
    WBS RSP/****50-17 RAM Equity Funding (this is the same WBS as for English language
    proficiency and low level adjustment for disability).

    Aboriginal Background (SBAR Page 5)

    Allocation of resources
    The 2020 allocation is shown on the report.
    Data source: The equity loading for Aboriginal Background is calculated using the mid- year
    census data (National Schools Statistics Collection (NSSC) data 2019 – all Aboriginal
    enrolments.)
    The level of funding and rate per student for each school is determined by the number of
    Aboriginal students and the percentage of Aboriginal students in the school.
    The allocation may include Aboriginal education officer (AEO) or Aboriginal School Learning
    Support Officer (ASLSO) entitlement appearing on published 2020 Actual Enrolment and
    Entitlement reports. Staff entitlement included in the Aboriginal Background loading is funded
    from the loading and is not in addition to the loading.
    If applicable, the staff entitlement will appear in the blue section on page 8 of the SBAR. The
    2020 Approved SBAR Aboriginal Background loading includes the SASS pay rise for staff
    indicated in the blue section of page 8 of the SBAR. For further information, see the staffing
    section of this guide.
    Based on Aboriginal Background loading calculations, schools without sufficient equity
    funding to cover the full cost of permanent AEO/ASLSO positions will receive supplementary
    funding to cover the cost of the position, through their Aboriginal Background loading. In
    addition, these schools will receive $200 per Aboriginal student in flexible funding for 2020
    only.

    Use of funds
    Schools are expected to expend funds in the calendar year in which they are received.
    Accountability for the expenditure of these funds occurs through the school plan and the
    annual report.
    The equity loading for Aboriginal students is a funding allocation to support NSW public
    schools to meet the specific learning needs of Aboriginal students. Every NSW public
    school with Aboriginal student enrolments receives this funding.

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Funds under the Aboriginal Background equity loading are provided to schools to ensure
     that the performance of Aboriginal students in NSW public schools across a broad range of
     key educational measures improves to match or better those of the broader student
     population, while maintaining cultural identity. In addition, these funds may be used to
     ensure that all teachers are culturally competent and schools are culturally responsive.
     The Aboriginal Education Policy provides direction and guidance on the achievement of
     these objectives. Schools have an obligation to ensure the Aboriginal Background equity
     loading is used to embed strategies that achieve these objectives. Engaging Aboriginal
     people in co-decision making should be embedded as a critical element of successful
     practice. Acknowledgement of and consultation with the NSW Aboriginal Education
     Consultative Group Inc. (NSW AECG Inc.) as the peak community advisory body should
     be sought when considering, designing and implementing Aboriginal programs.

     Effective practice
     Examples of effective use of the allocation include:
          • A primary school is working in conjunction with a Department of Education
            Language and Culture Nest to create literacy resources embedding local language.
            Students work with Language and Culture Nest teachers, tutors and school staff to
            create rich texts which the school publishes. The texts are used in both language
            and literacy lessons.
          • A high school has used their flexible Aboriginal Background equity loading to appoint
            an instructional leader – Aboriginal Students (literacy and numeracy focused) and
            supports the initiative through the employment of two Aboriginal SLSOs as
            interventionists. The interventionists support the instructional leader and classroom
            teacher to deliver differentiated and personalised support at students’ points of
            need.
          • Schools have used funding to ensure community consultation and engagement to
            promote and enable the inclusive development of cultural competency.

     Contact
          • Your Director, Educational Leadership or
          • The Director, School Services or
          • Your local Aboriginal Education and Engagement Advisor P: 131 536.

     Further information
     Resources to support effective practice are available on the Aboriginal Education and
     Communities webpage.
     Additional information to support the use of equity funding is available in the Equity
     Funding Support Package which is also contained as an appendix in this guide.

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For financial accounting and monitoring purposes
    Tracking expenditure against an individual program’s WBS/IO is voluntary. For schools that
    elect to track expenditure against this program’s WBS/IO, the expenditure can be recorded
    against WBS RSP/****51-17 RAM Aboriginal Funding.

    English Language Proficiency (SBAR page 6)

    Allocation of resources
    The 2020 allocation is shown on the report.
    Data source: The loading has been calculated using each school’s level of English
    language proficiency need as reported in the English as an Additional Language or
    Dialect (EAL/D) Survey in June 2019.
    The loading provides support for students in all four phases of English language learning –
    Beginning, Emerging, Developing and Consolidating – as identified by schools using the
    EAL/D Learning Progression. The loading is weighted on the basis of student need, taking
    into account students’ English language learning phase and length of time in an Australian
    school, providing a higher level of support for students with greater need. The loading also
    provides a higher weighting for students from refugee backgrounds and students in
    secondary schools.
    This loading may be allocated as staffing, flexible funding or a combination of both to
    support students at each phase of English language learning. The 2020 Actual Enrolment
    and Entitlement report has been updated to match the FTE shown on this report.
    Staff entitlement included in the English language proficiency loading is funded from the
    loading and is not in addition to the loading. If applicable, the staff entitlement will appear in
    the blue section on page 8 of the SBAR.
    As schools are resourced according to need, changes in allocations may occur from year
    to year with fluctuations in enrolments of EAL/D students. Where there has been a
    reduction in the staffing entitlement component, schools may need to contact Human
    Resources for advice.
    Please note that in 2020, an additional 104 FTE positions were approved to assist schools
    in meeting the needs of growing numbers of EAL/D students, bringing the total pool of
    EAL/D teacher positions to 1,000FTE. This has resulted in an increase in staffing
    entitlement, including a 0.2 FTE allocation, for some schools.

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Use of funds
     Schools are expected to expend funds in the calendar year in which they are received.
     This loading is to be used to support the English language learning needs of EAL/D
     students in your school in 2020. Teaching allocations should be filled by qualified EAL/D
     teachers as far as possible.
     Flexible funding can be used to employ EAL/D teaching staff, provide EAL/D professional
     learning for teachers or to provide bilingual support for students.
     The loading may be combined with funding from other sources to support EAL/D students.
     Accountability for the expenditure of these funds occurs through the school plan and the
     annual report. In their annual reports, schools receiving this loading are required to show
     how the resources have been used to meet the English language learning needs of their
     EAL/D students.

     Effective practice
     Examples of effective use of the allocation include:
          • employing an EAL/D teacher to deliver targeted support for EAL/D students. This
            initiative is supporting EAL/D students to achieve success at school socially and
            academically
          • employing an EAL/D head teacher to strengthen and oversee whole school planning
            and effective EAL/D program organisation to meet the needs of EAL/D students,
            including students from refugee backgrounds
          • appointing a temporary teacher two days per week to provide targeted and direct
            support to EAL/D students. The teacher has worked with staff to ensure classroom
            teachers are confident and equipped with evidence-based strategies to support
            the learning of EAL/D students across key learning areas
          • enhancing the delivery of EAL/D pedagogy across the school by providing
            professional learning for teachers such as Teaching English Language Learners
            (TELL). Teachers are effectively using techniques that promote talking and thinking
            and are using these to engage students in their learning
          • implementing an extensive professional learning model involving workshops,
            collaborative planning and an action research project through which all teachers
            have improved their knowledge, understanding and application of EAL/D pedagogies
          • employing temporary staff to allow permanent staff to gather, analyse and plan using
            EAL/D student data. Student adjustments and plans are discussed and developed
            during this time.

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Contact
          • EAL/D Education Coordinator P: 7814 3727
          • EAL/D Education Advisor (Rural and Regional) P: 7814 3731
          • Your Director, Educational Leadership

    Further information
    Refer to the department’s Multicultural Education and English as an additional language or
    dialect webpages.
    Additional information to support the use of equity funding is available in the Equity
    Funding Support Package which is also contained as an appendix in this guide.

    For financial accounting and monitoring purposes
    Tracking expenditure against an individual program’s WBS/IO is voluntary. For schools that
    elect to track expenditure against this program’s WBS/IO, the expenditure can be recorded
    against WBS RSP/****50-17 RAM Equity Funding (this is the same WBS as for socio-
    economic background and low level adjustment for disability).

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Low Level Adjustment for Disability (SBAR page 7)

     Allocation of resources
     The low level adjustment for disability (learning and support) resource allocation
     comprises an allocation base determined on 2019 revised school enrolments and a
     supplementary allocation based on student need.
     Data source: Student need at the school level is determined using the most recent literacy
     and numeracy data from NAPLAN to create a Student Learning Need Index (SLNI). A
     school’s SLNI is a needs based index drawn from three years (2017 - 2019) of longitudinal
     NAPLAN data. It is constructed around the number of incidents where students in
     mainstream classes in the school perform in the bottom 10 percent in literacy and
     numeracy. A student may be counted as two incidents if he or she performs in the bottom
     10 percent for both literacy and numeracy.
     This index has been used to allocate learning and support resources in NSW public
     schools since 2003 and was developed in collaboration with key groups including
     principals, parents and other stakeholders.
     For some schools, for example, infants schools, senior high schools, new schools which
     have no NAPLAN data and new schools with less than three years of NAPLAN data,
     schools nominated by School Services in collaboration with Directors, Educational
     Leadership, have been used as proxies to calculate the SLNI.
     The Learning and Support Teacher allocation (Staffing FTE) is for 3 years – 2018-2020 –
     and remains the same for 2020.
     Staff entitlement included in the low level adjustment for disability loading is funded from the
     loading and is not in addition to the loading.

     Use of funds
     Schools are expected to expend funds in the calendar year in which they are received.
     Accountability for the expenditure of these funds occurs through the school plan and the
     annual report.
     The equity loading for low level adjustment for disability is an allocation to support
     students in mainstream classes who have additional learning and support needs.
     This loading supports schools to meet their obligations to students under the
     Commonwealth Disability Standards for Education, 2005.The funding can be used for
     additional teacher or school learning support officer (SLSO) time as well as teacher release,
     for example, for related professional learning and program coordination. SLSOs must have a
     minimum period of employment of an unbroken two hours.

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Effective practice
      Examples of effective use of the allocation from School funding snapshots include:
          • developing and sustaining a needs-based learning and support program in which
            specialist staff collaborate with classroom teachers to build capacity in meeting
            the literacy needs of identified students
          • employing a learning and support teacher to work with individual students and in a
            case management role within the classroom to build teacher capacity to meet the
            needs of all learners
          • using funds to employ two trained SLSOs to support the delivery of targeted
            numeracy programs for identified students
          • employing an additional staff member as a learning and support teacher to work with
            students and teachers to target students through a five weekly cycle with additional
            support and programs for improvement
          • providing support for targeted students within the classroom and playground through
            the employment of SLSOs.

    Contact
          • Your Director, Educational Leadership
          • Your School Services team P: 131 536

    Further information
    Additional information and resources are available at Disability, learning and support.
    Additional information to support the use of equity funding is available in the Equity
    Funding Support Package which is also contained as an appendix in this guide.

    For financial accounting and monitoring purposes
    Tracking expenditure against an individual program’s WBS/IO is voluntary. For schools that
    elect to track expenditure against this program’s WBS/IO, the expenditure can be recorded
    against WBS RSP/****50-17 RAM Equity Funding (this is the same WBS as for socio-
    economic background and English language proficiency

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Base School Allocation
     Staffing (SBAR page 8)

     Allocation of resources
     Data source: The allocation of funding for staffing is provided on the basis of published 2020
     Actual Enrolment and Entitlement reports. Staff budget allocations are provided at standard
     cost, details of which are available at Salaries support. Where applicable, this allocation
     may include program and initiative allocations such as:
          • Quality Teaching, Successful Students (QTSS) (schools with primary student
            enrolments only). Please note the QTSS staffing resource allocation has reached
            full implementation and is now distributed as a calendar year allocation based on the
            previous year’s published Actual Enrolment and Entitlement reports.
     This allocation may also include additional program and initiative allocations that do not
     appear on published school enrolment and entitlement reports such as:
          • Rural and Remote Schools - Aboriginal Employment Program (previously known as
            Community Development Employment Projects). The full 2020 allocation is now
            included. Schools should refer to information provided to schools by the Human
            Resources directorate.
          • Schools as Community Centre (SaCCs).

     SASS Pay Rise
     SASS pay rates have been amended in the 2020 Approved SBAR to reflect the new
     SASS award and hence will generate a variance between the 2020 Planned and 2020
     Approved SBARs when compared. These variances will be seen against the applicable
     staff in the entitlement calculations and may also have an impact on the Aboriginal
     background equity loading funding.
     The 2020 Approved SBAR will calculate the differences between the 2020 Planned
     SBAR and the 2020 Approved SBAR and include an adjustment (2020 Approved SBAR
     adjustments) to reflect these variances. The budget adjustment completed in February
     2020, which provided additional funding for SAS entitlement staff based upon the 2020
     Planned SBAR FTE, will be reversed upon the processing of the 2020 Approved SBAR
     adjustments. This is required as these amounts will already be reflected in the 2020
     Approved SBAR adjustments amounts.

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Use of funds
    These funds can only be used for staffing. Schools should refer to the standard cost
    approach information available on the Resource Allocation Model (RAM) webpage.

    The Quality Teaching, Successful Students (QTSS) allocation provides further
    support to improve the quality of teaching and enhance professional practice in
    schools. Principals have flexibility to determine how best to utilise their QTSS staffing
    allocation with a specific focus on collaboration with other teachers and leaders to
    critically reflect on and improve their teaching.

    Effective practice
    QTSS: This initiative ensures that all primary students benefit from high quality teaching
    and learning practices that best meet the full range of student needs. Examples of
    effective use of the QTSS allocation from School funding snapshots include:
          • enhancing opportunities for collegial feedback to provide staff with the opportunity
            to improve their practice based on the professional standards
          • engaging an instructional leader to strengthen quality teaching practices through
            lesson observations, modelling, feedback, co-planning, co-reflection, mentoring and
            the use of student data as evidence of improvement
          • creating a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teacher
            position to mentor/team teach with all staff and introduce a K-6 STEM program to
            challenge all students in the school.

    Contact
          • Staffing: Please submit an online query and select Human Resources - Recruitment
          • SACCs: E: Tasnim.kazi@det.nsw.edu.au
          • Rural and Remote: E: AboriginalEmployment@det.nsw.edu.au
          • QTSS: E: SSR@det.nsw.edu.au

    Further information
    Details of published school enrolment and entitlement reports are available on OMSEE.
    QTSS: Additional information can be found on the Quality Teaching, Successful Students
    webpage.

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Staff entitlement table
     The green section of the staff entitlement table shows the teaching and SAS staff on
     entitlement (excluding equity positions).
     Positions at the same designation are rolled into one line. For example, the allocation for
     classroom teacher includes classroom teacher, part-time teacher and teacher-librarian.
     The blue section of the staff entitlement table shows the equity positions that appear on
     entitlement and are funded from the respective equity loadings. For example, the primary
     learning and support teacher is funded from the low level adjustment for disability equity
     loading.

     Sick and FACS Leave (SBAR page 8)

     Allocation of resources
     The 2020 allocation is shown on the report.
     Data source: Schools receive a Sick and FACS Leave Model (SFLM) budget based on the
     individual school’s rolling three year average of sick and FACS leave taken. The school’s
     average position is moderated according to a statewide benchmark of sick days for schools.
     Since 2019, the notional Short Term Casual Relief budget has been transferred from
     School Operational Funding (SOF) to the SFLM budget.
     The number of sick and FACS leave days taken across all schools will be monitored
     centrally. Schools impacted by higher than expected instances of approved sick and FACS
     leave will receive a budget adjustment.
     The Sick and FACs Leave Model (SFLM) allocation was adjusted in response to COVID-19
     staffing arrangements. All schools, with the exception of TP1, TP2 and SSPs have had a
     reduction of 25% of their allocation of SFLM to support the casual employment program, an
     employee centred program designed to provide continuity of work for the Department's
     casual workforce who have been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a
     one off adjustment for the 2020 budget with SFLM funding expected to continue as per the
     standard calculation methodology from 2021 onwards.

     Use of funds
     Schools are expected to use the SFLM budget for relieving staff for sick and FACS leave
     taken. The funds can be used to employ casual staff to cover staff absences.

     Contact
     P: 1300 32 32 32 Option 1, Option 4

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Further information
    Refer to the department’s Sick and FACS Leave Model webpage.

    For financial accounting and monitoring purposes
    Schools are not required by the department to account for the use of the SFLM budget.
    The leave taken for sick and FACS leave by school staff will be monitored centrally on a
    monthly basis.

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Operational funding
     School Operational Funding (SBAR page 9)

     Allocation of resources
     Data source: Allocations where applicable are based on published 2020 Actual
     Enrolment and Entitlement reports.
     See table below for the nine input parameter rates generated by school type.
                                                                                                                 Rate per      Rate per
                                                                       Rate per      Rate per
                                                           Rate per                                Rate per      Primary       Secondary
                      Base SOF     Rate per    Rate per                Primary       Secondary
                                                           Senior                                  Immediate     Non           Non
      SCHOOL TYPE     Allocation   Primary     Secondary               Teaching      Teaching
                                                           (11/12)                                 SASS          Immediate     Immediate
                      per school   Enrolment   Enrolment               Staff         Staff
                                                           Enrolment                               Entitlement   SASS          SASS
                                                                       Entitlement   Entitlement
                                                                                                                 Entitlement   Entitlement

      PRIMARY
                      $14,174.89   $138.44     -           -           $1,513.87     -             $846.03       $700.95       -
      SCHOOL

      SECONDARY
                      $21,826.29   -           $138.44     $52.08      -             $1,513.87     $846.03       -             $747.25
      SCHOOL

      CENTRAL
                      $26,083.56   $138.44     $138.44     $52.08      $1,513.87     $1,513.87     $846.03       $700.95       $747.25
      SCHOOL

      SCHOOLS FOR
      SPECIFIC        $19,421.92   $138.44     -           -           $1,513.87     -             $846.03       $700.95       $747.25
      PURPOSE

      ENVIRONMENTAL
      EDUCATION       $16,229.58   -           -           -           $1,513.87     -             -             $700.95       -
      CENTRE

      INTENSIVE
      ENGLISH         $1,087.92    -           $76.10      -           -             $1,228.45     -             -             $747.25
      CENTRE

      COMMUNITY
                      $15,707.82   $138.44     -           -           $1,513.87     -             $846.03       $700.95       -
      CARE
      SCHOOLS*

     *Community Care Schools (CCS) are known as Education and Training Units (ETUs)

     The categories of staff included in Immediate SASS are:
           • Aboriginal education officer (primary, secondary and pre-school)
           • School learning support officer (primary and secondary bilingual, primary
             and secondary, pre-school and Centre for Effective Reading).
     All other categories of SASS come under non immediate.

     Use of funds
     The funds are provided to support the operation of the school.

     Contact
     E: schoolfunding@det.nsw.edu.au.

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Utilities (SBAR page 9)

    Allocation of resources
    In 2019, the current methodology for allocating utilities funding was introduced for schools as
    a result of a review by the departmental Utilities Consultation Group (UCG).
    2020 Approved utilities allocations have now been updated for schools capturing 2020 school
    profiles and enrolments, in consultation with the UCG.
    The methodology applies the following parameters:
          • total school area square metres (permanent buildings and demountables)
          • school enrolments
          • 30 year mean maximum January temperature of 30°C or greater
          • school remoteness factor
          • a loss moderation of 0% is applied for 2020, meaning no school loses against 2018
            actual expenditure.
    The UCG will continue to update and refine the utilities methodology for the 2021 Planned
    SBAR.
    Please note: Utilities for DECs and IECs appear in one line under Operational Utilities.

    Use of funds
    The funds are provided to cover utility costs.

    Contact
    E: schoolfunding@det.nsw.edu.au

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