Education as­sis­tant boost for class­rooms

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

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