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Schools are essential, not-for-profit services - A business approach to COVID-19 won’t work

Catholic education has welcomed the Australian Government’s JobKeeper wage subsidies to support families facing job losses and stand downs. However, the National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) is concerned the support does not work for essential services such as low fee schools.

NCEC Executive Director Jacinta Collins said under the current arrangement high fee private schools will access federal wage subsidies to retain crucial staff, but low fee non-government schools will be left out.

“A business approach to schools simply won’t work,” said Ms Collins. “High fee Independent schools will be assessed as losing more income because they are starting from a much higher base.” 

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Catholic Education sector welcomes extension of funding to preschools for 2021

The National Catholic Education Commission has welcomed the Australian Government’s extension of funding to early childhood education for 2021.

The federal government will extend their national partnership funding to provide $453.2 million for next year to support early education for nearly 350,000 children.

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Catholic Education sector welcomes the Australian Government’s early learning and care COVID-19 package

The National Catholic Education Commission has welcomed the Australian Government’s rescue package for early childhood and care services across Australia.

Under the plan, the federal government estimates around one million families will receive free childcare, and the government will pay 50 per cent of the sector’s fee revenue up to the existing hourly rate cap. The support would also apply to before and after school care and vacation care services.

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Urgent fee relief available for Catholic school families

Catholic schools across Australia will extend school fee relief for families facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

National Catholic Education Executive Director Jacinta Collins said Catholic schools have a long tradition of offering school fee relief and assistance to families facing financial difficulties.

“Catholic schools keep their fees as affordable as possible, but we know many families will be facing serious financial difficulties during this challenging time,” Ms Collins said.

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Catholic schools are adhering to Australian Government’s advice to remain open

National Catholic Education Commission Executive Director, Jacinta Collins, said Catholic schools will adhere to the Australian Government’s advice to remain open and operational.

“While there is significant concern and debate regarding school closures in Australia to minimise the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus),” Ms Collins said, “It is our view that the government and public health authorities are in the best position to determine whether schools should remain open and we will adhere to this advice.”

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Catholic education welcomes reduced emphasis on school to school NAPLAN comparisons

The National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) has welcomed the changes to the presentation of NAPLAN data published on the My School website today.

National Catholic education executive director Jacinta Collins said the changes to the presentation of NAPLAN data would make it easier to track students’ progress and would reduce misleading comparisons between schools.

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Catholic education welcomes review into impacts on regional, rural and remote schools

The National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) welcomes the Federal Government’s announcement today of a review by the National School Resourcing Board (NSRB) into funding impacts on school communities in regional Australia.

The terms of the reference will be tabled at the next Education Council meeting, however, the government has committed to a “robust review” to commence in June this year, examining the Schooling Resourcing Standard (SRS) loadings as they impact students and schools in regional Australia.

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Catholic education welcomes new school funding measure to assess parents’ income

The National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) welcomes the introduction of legislation to amend the Australian Education Act to allow for a fairer and more accurate measure of assessing parents’ capacity to contribute to the costs of non-government schooling.

The Direct Measure of Income (DMI), to be fully introduced by 2022, is based on the findings of the independent review by the National School Resourcing Board (NSRB). The DMI will replace the socio-economic status (SES) score methodology that was identified as fundamentally flawed by the Gonski Review in 2011, and will rectify the poorly conceived amendments to the Australian Education Act introduced by the Turnbull government in 2017 that increased the fee expectations on non-government school families.

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Nicholas Moore appointed Chair of National Catholic Education Commission

Former Macquarie Group CEO Nicholas Moore has been appointed the new Chair of the National Catholic Education Commission.

The announcement was made in a statement today by Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher OP, who heads the Bishops Commission for Catholic Education.

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Catholic schools welcome Federal Government doubling drought funding

Catholic schools have welcomed the Federal Government doubling its funding to support families affected by drought.

A total of $8.2 million will be allocated to Catholic schools across Queensland ($3.9 million), New South Wales ($2.8 million), Victoria ($810,000) and South Australia ($660,000).

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Catholic schools offer help and support to families affected by bushfire crisis

Catholic schools offer help and support to families affected by bushfire crisis Families with children at Catholic schools who have suffered in the bushfire crisis have been encouraged to speak to their principal about fee relief.

Catholic schools have a long history of responding to families in need, in times of natural disasters such as floods and bushfires as well as financial hardship and disadvantage.

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Catholic Education welcomes COAG endorsing strong education goals and early learning

Catholic Education welcomes today’s launch of the Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Education Declaration which was endorsed by COAG’s Education Council yesterday.

The document strongly supports all educator sectors – secular and faith-based – which reflects the large number of Australian families who have chosen and invested heavily in faith-based schools.

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Catholic schools welcome drought funding

Catholic schools have welcomed today’s Federal Government announcement of $10 million to support families affected by drought.

Executive director of National Catholic Education Jacinta Collins thanked Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan for the much needed money.

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Deputy Director appointed for National Catholic Education

The National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) has appointed Director of Schools for the Broken Bay Diocese, Peter Hamill, to the role of Deputy Director. ­

Executive Director Jacinta Collins, who announced the appointment today, said Peter comes to the NCEC with a wealth of experience and understanding of Catholic education and administration, having served as an educator, school and system leader for over 43 years.

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First Catholic High School at University campus

Catholic Education has hailed the announcement of planning for the first Catholic secondary school located on an Australian university campus as an exciting development for the future of Catholic schooling.

James Cook University and Catholic Education in Cairns announced a Memorandum of Understanding to investigate a new secondary college at JCU’s Cairns Smithfield Campus, as well as an on-site childcare centre operated by Catholic Early Learning and Care. The College will be autonomous and operate under a long-term lease.

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