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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 11 Hansard (25 October) . . Page.. 4373 ..


In IECs, funding levels vary for Secondary and Primary IECs.

The secondary IEC is funded for eight full time teachers, a full time School Leader C and a full time Learning Support Assistant/administrative assistant.

The five primary IECs are each funded based on teacher to student ratio (one teacher to 12 to 15 students).

(2) EAL/D-specific programs and classes are funded differently in both mainstream settings and IECs.

a) In mainstream settings, funding levels differ per school depending on the cohort and their levels of need.

b) In IECs, funding levels vary depending whether they are Secondary or Primary IECs.

i) The secondary IEC is funded for eight full time teachers, a full time School Leader C and a full time Learning Support Assistant/administrative assistant.

ii) The five primary IECs are each funded for a core number of teachers, based upon historic enrolments. When student numbers exceed the teacher to student ratio of one teacher to 12 to 15 students, depending on the complexity of needs, funding for additional staffing is provided.

(3) EAL/D programs in mainstream ACT public schools are funded through the SRA as a needs-based loading. Therefore, the amount of funding provided to each school differs based on need.

(4) Funding is provided to enable schools to make appropriate adjustments. A sliding scale of EAL/D support for students and classroom teachers is recommended, based on students' phases of English language proficiency.

(5) Funding for EAL/D is allocated through SRA on an annual basis. Schools are provided projected funding in September for the purposes of staff planning. The projected funding is adjusted based on February census data and applies for the school year.

During the year, funding for IECs is assessed on whether additional funding is required for additional students and complexity of need. Any additional funding is provided at the end of each term.

(6) EAL/D funding resources, as with general staffing funds allocations, are used at each principal's discretion based on the operational requirements within their school to deliver educational services. Individual program funding is not required to be acquitted, however, there is an overall reconciliation of total staffing resources.

(7) Schools use the Casual Relief system to monitor total staffing resources.

(8) At the end of the school year, schools' total staffing resources are reconciled against the allocated budget. Schools can carry over underspend to a capped limit to the next school year. Schools that spend more than the allocated resources will reimburse funds to the Education Support Office.

(9) No, the Directorate does not require reporting on EAL/D specific programs.


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