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Catholic Education Welcomes Funding Commitment by Opposition

The National Catholic Education Commission has welcomed today’s announcement from the Australian Labor Party that it plans to provide additional funding to school education in all Australian schools if they form the next Government.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Shadow Education Minister Kate Ellis today released Labor’s “Your Child. Our Future” education plan. Mr Shorten said if he becomes Prime Minister, the funding reforms outlined in the Gonski Review of Funding for Schooling will be delivered “on time and in full”.

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Catholic School Parents Face $370 Million Bill Under 15 Per Cent GST

Parents of students in Catholic schools could pay an additional $370 million annually if a 15 per cent goods and services tax was imposed on school fees, the National Catholic Education Commission has warned.

According to figures from the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, Catholic school parents paid almost $2.5 billion in fees to support their children’s education in 2013 – the most recent financial data available.

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Naplan One Reference For Australia’s Learning Journey

The National Catholic Education Commission says the release of the 2015 NAPLAN testing national report will provide a reference for reflection on education policy directions and what needs attention in the next phase of the learning journey of Australian schools.

NCEC executive director Ross Fox said while NAPLAN is a snapshot in time and therefore has limitations, the national report helps educators understand the progress of Australian students and issues in Australian education.

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Principals Pitting Sector Against Sector Deeply Disappointing

The National Catholic Education Commission has expressed its disappointment at a new report that uses selective, misleading and inaccurate information to cast government and non-government schools as competitors, rather than partners in Australia’s educational landscape.

In a report released today, the Australian Government Primary Principals Association has unfortunately repeated false assertions from earlier publications and failed to provide a useful platform from which school funding can be discussed.

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Catholic Education Welcomes New Ministers

The National Catholic Education Commission has congratulated new Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham, saying Catholic schools look forward to working together to support education in all school sectors.

Senator Birmingham, who has served as Assistant Minister for Education and Training since last year, was promoted to his new role by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull yesterday.

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Flawed Report Relies On False Assumptions On School Funding

Assumptions contained in a new report on school funding do not accurately reflect current and future government funding for schools in all sectors. As a result, the report provides a misleading picture of sectoral differences, National Catholic Education Commission executive director Ross Fox said.

Mr Fox said the report released by Chris Bonnor and Bernie Shepherd assumes school funding trends will continue according to trends observed in recent years.

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Misleading Figures Used To Create False Conflict Between Schools

Opponents of non-government schools have once again selectively used facts and figures in an attempt to undermine the place of non-government schools as key contributors to Australia’s educational landscape, the National Catholic Education Commission says.

NCEC executive director Ross Fox says the document released by Save Our Schools this morning is the latest in a steady stream of reports that appear to be designed to create conflict between schools.

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Budget Delivers Short-Term Gains, Long-Term Questions Remain

All schools will benefit from the Australian Government’s announcement that it will increase per student funding by 7.2 per cent in 2015-16, but the National Catholic Education Commission remains concerned over the funding of schools beyond 2017.

In tonight’s Federal Budget, the Australian Government made no change to their existing funding policy beyond 2017, at which point school funding per student would increase at the rate of CPI.

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Catholic Schools Welcome Support For Indigenous Students

The National Catholic Education Commission has welcomed the Australian Government’s announcement that financial support for Indigenous students in boarding schools will continue over the next two years.

Minister for Education and Training Christopher Pyne this week outlined how $5.4 million will assist nongovernment schools with large numbers of Indigenous boarding students who come from remote and very remote areas.

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Schools Should Not Be Reduced To Test Results

“The goal of Catholic schools is to educate the whole child to the highest standards possible – academically, socially, spiritually and pastorally. No school should be reduced to the test scores of its students.”

That’s the message from National Catholic Education Commission executive director Ross Fox, who said Catholic educators are proud that Australian Catholic schools are today welcoming students in record numbers.

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Catholic Schools Welcome ACNC’s Commonsense Concession

The National Catholic Education Commission has welcomed this afternoon’s commitment from the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission to streamline financial reporting for non-government schools in 2014-15 and has committed to working with the ACNC and Australian Government to make the exemptions permanent.

NCEC executive director Ross Fox said Catholic schools, which are already highly transparent and accountable, were concerned about the impact the ACNC was having on teaching and learning as principals, teachers and other school leaders were burdened by excessive reporting requirements.

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Funding Certainty Important For Schools

The National Catholic Education Commission has highlighted the importance of funding certainty for Australia’s schools and proposed that the Australian Government Budget ensure that government funding for schools keeps pace with real school costs beyond 2017.

The NCEC has raised the issue of funding certainty from 2018 in its 2015-16 pre-Budget submission, explaining that the current proposal to index school funding at the consumer price index and enrolments will not meet the needs of students and schools.

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My School Refinements Must Prioritise School Improvement

The National Catholic Education Commission has welcomed the Government’s announcement of plans to refine and enhance the My School website, saying such improvements should be driven by a goal to support parents, teachers and policy-makers in their efforts to improve teaching and learning in Australia’s schools.

Minister for Education and Training Christopher Pyne this morning released the review of the My School website and the Government’s response to that review. A number of recommendations have been made and embraced by the Government that can support educators and parents.

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My School Just One Reference For Quality Schools And Learning

The National Catholic Education Commission has welcomed today’s release of the My School 2015 data and the recognition of schools that are showing strong improvement in student outcomes.

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority’s My School website was this morning updated with 2014 national assessment (NAPLAN) results, 2014 profile and population data for each school, student attendance data broken down by Indigenous status and the 2013 financial information for each school, including capital expenditure and sources of funding.

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Improving Teacher Education Will Improve Learning Opportunities

The executive director of the National Catholic Education Commission has welcomed the initiative of the Australian Government to establish the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group (TEMAG), culminating in the release of the group’s report and the Australian Government’s response today.

The report is sound and represents a solid basis to improve teacher education for the long-term benefit of all Australian school students, NCEC executive director Ross Fox said.

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