UPDATE, November 15, 2013, 8.41am: Allocations released to schools yesterday. See separate post.
By KIERAN FINNANE
All primary schools in Alice Springs will be at least marginally better off in 2014 compared to 2013 in so far as their teacher allocation is concerned. This is revealed in a departmental document obtained by the Alice Springs News Online. It shows the Teacher Staffing Allocation Model for 2014 School Year.
This is in contrast to the situation for Centralian Middle School and Centralian Senior Secondary College. The middle school will lose 0.85 of its teaching positions, adding to a loss of 6.25 in 2013. The senior college will lose, as has been widely publicised, five teachers, adding to losses of four in 2013, 3.48 in 2012, and 2.47 in 2011.
The contrast in staff numbers for the Centralian senior college between 2010 and 2014 is stark. In 2010 their allocation was 41.26 teachers; in 2013 it is 26.31. Their enrolment numbers may be declining, though not dramatically. MySchool shows they had 534 students enrolled in 2010, down to 465 in 2012 (the most recent year reported).
The allocation for the middle school has actually increased between 2010 (21.42) and 2014, when it will be 25.63. This comes off a high of 32.73 in 2012. Its enrolments have been growing, though again, not dramatically. MySchool shows there were 361 students in 2010, compared to 392 in 2012.
Turning to the local state primary schools:
Acacia Hill lost 2.32 in 2013, but won’t lose any more in 2014, when their allocation is 14.94 teachers, off a high of 17.26 in 2012.
Bradshaw Primary is set to gain 2.71 teachers in 2014, taking its complement to 20.32, significantly higher than its 2010 allocation of 14.79.
Braitling’s gain is almost negligible at 0.10. It is allocated 11.87 teachers, compared to 11.77 in 2013, down from 16.15 in 2010.
At Gillen there is a small gain of .96, with 14.92 teachers allocated in 2014, off a high of 15.37 in 2012.
Larapinta will gain 1.87 teachers, reversing the loss of 1.25 in 2013. It will have 16.13 teachers allocated in 2014, compared to 16.52 in 2010, its highest allocation in the five year period.
Ross Park will gain 0.26, taking it to 25.10 in 2014, compared to 24.84 in 2013, up from 21.61 in 2010.
Sadadeen outdoes the rest with a gain of 3.16, reversing its loss of 3.80 the year before. That gives it an allocation of 10.67 teachers next year, much the same allocation as in 2010, but down from its high of 11.31 in 2012.
MySchool reports Sadadeen as having 23.7 FTE teachers in 2012 for a school population of 123 students, 79% of whom were Indigenous. The News understands that this was due to top up funding received from the Commonwealth for Sadadeen as a “focus school”.