Teachers’ requirements in remote schools tackled
■ More than 30 educational staff from across the Pilbara attended the Remote Schools Teacher Development Conference in Port Hedland last month.
The conference facilitated by Port Hedland and Baynton West Primary School targeted the needs of teachers working in Remote Community Schools in the region.
Keynote speakers from Karratha, Port Hedland, Onslow and the Pilbara Regional Education Office shared their expertise in areas such literacy, numeracy and integrated information technology.
Former Baynton West deputy principal Ben Jamieson said it was important to tailor professional development for teachers in remote contexts.
“We are very aware of the fact that teaching in a remote community school is very different,” he said.
“A lot of professional learning is not designed with that context in mind, so this was a good opportunity to give a faceto-face, tailored development session.
“Teachers heard presentation on topics such as guided reading, English as an Additional Language, working effectively with Aboriginal educational officers and using information technology tools in a remote context.”
Mr Jamieson said he hoped the session would continue as an annual event on the school calendar.
“The feedback received from participants was very positive; they indicated they would like to see the event continue,” he said,
“In the meantime, we have an educational department resource, the Connect Community Online Forum which has been created so participants can continue to share resources online.”