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Information for PAS funded schools Amendments to the NSW Priority Schools Programs Guidelines 2009

The following advice applies to all schools that receive Priority Action Schools (PAS) program funding in the current quadrennium 2009-2012. The purpose of Priority Schools Programs (PSP) is to improve the literacy and numeracy achievements and engagement in learning of students from low socio-economic status backgrounds. All schools that receive funds through PAS also receive funding through the Low SES School Communities National Partnership. Consequently, some processes outlined in the current PSP Guidelines are being improved to align with processes for the Low SES School Communities National Partnership.

NSW Priority Schools Programs Guidelines 2009

1. Accessing annual allocations Schools will continue to receive formal written advice regarding their PAS allocation in semester 2 (for the forthcoming year). From Term 3, 2010, the processes outlined on page 7 of the PSP Guidelines have been amended. The following must now be evident in the School Plan: • clearly identified use of PAS resources linked to strategies to improve student learning outcomes

 significant use of PAS resources to support innovative teaching and learning approaches  costs associated with vacation pay for temporary staff and Higher Duties Allowances paid to permanent teachers employed using PAS funds  consultation with the whole school community and commitment to the purpose and objectives of Priority Schools Programs. School Education Directors will continue to approve the expenditure of PAS funds through the existing School Plan approval processes. No Expression of Interest is required to be submitted by PAS funded schools.

2. Staff related costs The Management of resources section of the PSP Guidelines (refer page 11) state that on costs have been deducted and paid for at the state level. On costs include payroll tax, superannuation, levy for long service leave and workers’ compensation. On costs do not include vacation pay or allowances such as Higher Duties Allowance. The existing Departmental payroll system is not able to capture the costs of Higher Duties Allowances paid to permanent teachers or the vacation costs of temporary staff charged to code 302.

Equity Programs and Distance Education Directorate

From 2010, a staff monitoring exercise is being implemented to ascertain accurate costs to be recouped from schools. The process includes:  schools recording details of staff employed using PAS funds on a Staff Monitoring Sheet. This sheet will be sent to schools in week 5 of Terms 2 and 4 annually.  payment on invoice for vacation pay and Higher Duties Allowances on the basis of the advice provided by schools. This invoice will be sent to schools in early Term 3 and Term 1 of the following year.

3. Accountability The Annual Review Process described on page 13 of the PSP Guidelines, is now incorporated into the school’s (revised) situational analysis, as required by the Low SES School Communities National Partnership. The School Plan, Annual School Report and OASIS Payment details from Sub-dissection and Note Four Tied Funds Report remain the key accountability documents for the expenditure of Priority Schools Programs funds.

Further information Tracey Kick Leader, Priority Schools Programs Telephone: (02) 9244 5197