Funding for Lutheran schools

LEA funding principles

LEA believes any funding model should:

 

  • provide a basic funding entitlement for all Lutheran schools that keeps pace with the costs in government schools and ensures each Australian student receives a world class education
  • provide additional needs-based funding for schools, families and students who are disadvantaged because of factors such as indigeneity, location, disability and socioeconomic / cultural disadvantage
  • provide families affordability and accessibility in their choice of schools in a way that encourages diversity, yet does not penalise private funding contributions to education
  • be transparent for all Australian systems, schools, communities and students, keeping the needs of each in balance for proper planning and management
  • ensure that all systems and school authorities have equal access to recurrent, targeted, capital and other funds through transparent and nationally recognised funding protocols
  • allow systems and school authorities to effectively and confidently operate schools in a stable and transparent environment with predictable and annual funding indexation
  • expect systems and schools to be accountable and to report on agreed national standards and outcomes using fully comparable and transparent data, whilst given schools the freedom to be innovative and creative as they enhance teaching and learning
  • affirm a student focus on being at the heart of schooling through quality teaching and learning, recognising that well trained and formed teachers, excellent resources and well planned facilities allow a world class education to be achieved
  • plan for an ongoing proactive approach to, and government-school dialogue for, future funding and development of schools to meet the needs of a growing Australian population
  • be considered by governments that listen to school principals regularly when gauging the needs of Australian schools and how to meet the needs of a growing Australian population
  • be considered by governments that listen to school principals regularly when gauging the needs of Australian schools and how to improve teaching and learning for the benefit of Australia