Engagement project expands
The number of remote students taking part in a multimillion-dollar education initiative in the region is set to double next year, with nine new schools putting their hands up to get involved.
Launched by the State Government in February, the $25 million Kimberley Schools Project was rolled out at 10 schools to increase attendance and engagement with a one-on-one focused model of teaching for children from kindy to Year Two.
Four Broome-based coaches have visited the schools, some located in the most isolated areas of the country, to work with teachers and communities to introduce strategies and materials to encourage students to focus in class.
After its success this year, nine more rural schools will be included as part of the initiative in Term 1 next year, as announced last Tuesday.
Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said she was pleased the project was expanding.
“These schools will receive regular advice from experienced and highly skilled staff who understand the unique Kimberley context,” she said.
“Parents and communities are also supported to work with their schools, giving children the best possible chance to succeed.”
Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the program had already delivered tangible benefits. “Teachers are reporting real gains in students' literacy skills and enthusiasm for school,” she said.
“The expansion of the program will bring this explicit instruction approach to a further nine schools in the region, spreading the benefits widely across the Kimberley — especially important because many students are transient.
“This program puts us in a good position to drive long-term generational change in the region.”
The schools joining the program are Broome Primary, Broome North Primary, Roebuck Primary, Kununurra District High, Halls Creek District High, Muludja Remote Community, Ngalapita Remote Community, Wananami Remote Community and Warlawurru Catholic.
Those already involved are Derby District High, Looma Remote Community, Wyndham District High, Bayulu Remote Community, Dawul Remote Community, Djugerari Remote Community, Kalumburu Remote Community, La Grange Remote Community, Nyikina Mangala Community and Wangkatjungka Remote Community schools.
Regional Development Minister AlannahMacTiernan, Member for Kimberley Josie Farrer, Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery, Kimberley Schools Project director Paul Eaglestone and coaches Kate Burke, Nikki Sandilands, Shaun Joseph and Kate Carthy.