From the beginning of Term 4, 2009, schools will receive their funding entitlement for the Years 3 and 5 Intensive Teaching initiative. The funding methodology for this initiative will be allocated consistent to that currently used through the UPLG model. Specifically:
Funds allocated to provide additional intensive teaching for eligible students are allocated to schools on the basis of the number of Years 3 and 5 students identified through the NAPLAN data as being below the National minimum standards in either literacy or numeracy.
Funds are allocated to schools on the basis of groups of three eligible students.
If a school does not have any students identified as being eligible for this support, the school will receive a base allocation of "one group entitlement" of funds. This provides a buffer for the school in the event of eligible students transferring to the school during the life of the initiative.
The final UPLG allocation will be provided to schools in the February 2010 GAPS payment. This allocation will be based on the number of Year 7 students (based on Day 8, 2010 data) who were eligible for assistance through UPLG during 2009.
Based on the school's number and year level distribution of eligible 2009 Years 3 and 5 students and of 2010, Years 4 and 6 students, the school will receive its first year funding entitlement for this initiative in two instalments:
For the remaining two years of this initiative (Term 4, 2010 to Term 3, 2011 and Term 4, 2011 to Term 3, 2012), schools will receive their total funding entitlement in a single instalment at the beginning of the fourth term.