Education assistant boost for classrooms
A number of Pilbara schools are in line to receive more education assistants and Aboriginal and Islander education officers from next year to better support students and teachers.
The State Government last week announced a long list of WA schools will receive a share of 300 extra assistants and 50 AIEOs over the next two to three years in a bid to increase levels of classroom support for students, staff and parents. In the Pilbara, Karratha, Peg’s Creek, Tambrey, Wickham, Onslow and Paraburdoo primary schools and Roebourne District High School are among those set to receive more education assistants.
Meanwhile, new AIEOs will go to regional secondary schools including Karratha and Tom Price senior high schools and Roebourne DHS.
Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery said the extra support staff would provide more one-on-one attention for children in class and reduce the workload on teachers.
“Education assistants and Aboriginal and Islander education officers assist teachers and support the education goals of students,” she said.
“They are integral to the smooth running of classrooms and allow teachers to get on with the job of teaching.”
The first of the education assistants and AIEOs are due to start in the 2018 school year.