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8 SCHOOL AUTONOMY UPDATE- from Department of Education The move to a global school budget, and the new resourcing model, will improve the targeting of resources, provide schools with greater flexibility in decision making and a clear framework for forward planning. For the first time principals and school councils have visibility and control of staffing and operational costs attributed to the total budget of the school, hence the word global. No longer will schools be staffed through a staffing allocation model administered and controlled centrally by head office, where every staffing decision needed to be approved centrally. Preliminary budgets were released to principals at the end of Term 3. Principals will now work with their leadership teams and school councils to put in place their school budget and staffing profile for 2015 to meet the needs of their students and the schools annual operational plan which outlines the educational plan for the school. Importantly, in 2015 every school will receive an increased budget per student. However, if effective enrolment decreases, a school may receive less overall. Of course the opposite applies where student numbers have increased. School funding will progressively transition from current levels to the new student needs-based funding to ensure principals have the necessary time to plan and work in the new environment. Staffing schools under global school budgets A key part of increasing autonomy is giving principals and school councils the ability to determine staffing resources to deliver the best learning outcomes for their students. It is important to note that there is no fundamental change to employment under the school autonomy initiatives. Principals and schools will continue to operate under the Public Sector Employment and Management Act (PSEMA) and the relevant Enterprise Bargaining Agreement, and all permanent staff must remain in place. A new student needs-based funding model The new student needs-based funding model is based on research by Australias leading authority on needs-based school resourcing, Professor Stephen Lamb of Victoria University, and takes into consideration the diverse and complex needs of Northern Territory students. Three components make up a global school budget A global school budget is the total budget allocated to a school to provide education services and consists of three components. The largest part of the budget is the student needs-based component, which includes the salaries for teachers and administration staff. This has been calculated using the new student needs-based funding model. Yours Sincerely Ms Yvonne Harding Acting Principal Yvonne.firstname.lastname@example.org mailto:Yvonne.email@example.com