Beyond the hype: What Gonski means for teachers

The Federal Government struggled to get ‘Gonski 2.0’ through the Senate. Now, with a narrow victory under its belt, the government can start passing the new funding model into law. Under the deal, an extra $24 billion will flow into Australian schools over the next 10 years.

During the Senate debate, the government agreed to push an extra $5 billion into the school system (up from the proposed $19 billion) to allow the Catholic sector a 12-month period before transitioning to the new funding system.

While these concessions will delay changes to Catholic schools for a while, the new funding model is certain to have impacts throughout the entire education sector.

Needs-based funding should mean better resources

Teachers who have been through this merry-go-round before may feel as though government promises of funding are fickle and underwhelming. Even though Gonski 2.0 has passed, it may be a while before teachers actually see the impact that extra funding can have. Teachers shouldn’t expect an immediate change with the reform coming into play, as it could be a few years before the poorest schools in Australia start seeing changes.

New teachers may stay in the profession longer

While there’s no nation-wide data to support this claim, many people within the education sector believe that new teachers are leaving the profession within the first five years of teaching. While initial quality teacher education programs and support from schools should prevent this, funding definitely plays a role in how teachers experience their first few years in the classroom. Along with providing students with the resources they need to learn, more funding could have a trickle-on effect to better equip schools to support new teachers during those crucial early years.

The Catholic sector won’t see marked changes

With the 12-month interim period until funding changes are implemented within the Catholic education sector, Catholic schools could see funding benefits that could add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. On the flip side, independent schools that meet the criteria for overfunding could see changes to their budgets more immediately.

More opportunities for teachers

On the bright side, more funding means more opportunities to improve student outcomes through changes like smaller classroom sizes. That’s great for both new and experienced teachers, as it means that we could see a wealth of new teaching opportunities open in the sector.

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