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The 2011 “Gonski” Review of Funding for Schooling (‘First Gonski Review’) found, among other things, that an increased concentration of disadvantaged students in certain schools has a negative impact on educational outcomes overall. To address this, it called for a needs-based model that would direct resources to where they were most urgently required.

This recommendation won near unanimous political, public and professional support, but was not implemented to any meaningful extent. Although limited extra money was put into some schools, there was insufficient change to the way funds were allocated. As a result, the problems in our school system have compounded and educational outcomes have worsened.

Six years of My School data support this claim. The most recent statistics, released in March 2017, confirm the deteriorating trend apparent in previous years, and throw new light on the changing nature of our school system.

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