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Extra support to Kimberley classrooms

McGowan Government to put 13.3 additional full-time equivalent education assistants back into classrooms in the Kimberley over three years

Additional 14.8 full-time equivalent Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers returned to local classrooms

Election commitment follows the Liberal National Government’s decision to cut education assistants and Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers from WA schools

The McGowan Government has delivered its election commitment to return education assistants and Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers (AIEOs) to classrooms in the Kimberley.

From 2018, an additional 10.5 full-time equivalent (FTE) education assistants will be returned to public school classrooms in the Kimberley, with 12.1 FTE in 2019 and 13.3 FTE in 2020.

An additional 3.8 FTE AIEOs will be returned to Kimberley classrooms in 2018, with14.8 FTE in 2019 to give local Aboriginal children additional assistance, which is part of the McGowan Government’s commitment to deliver an additional 50 AIEOs across WA.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

“Putting education assistants and AIEOs back into classrooms in the Kimberley was part of an important election commitment to help reverse the cuts made by the previous government.

“This announcement will ensure that Kimberley students get additional one-on-one-support and allows teachers to get on with the job of teaching.

“The Liberal National Government’s cuts to education assistants and AIEOs impacted negatively on learning at Kimberley schools, however the delivery of our commitment now means there will be more help available to students who need it the most.”

Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:

“Education assistants have an integral role in the education of students including one-on-one literacy and numeracy coaching and extra support for students facing learning difficulties, students with English as a second language and students with disability.

“The additional Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers will ensure local Aboriginal children are given additional assistance and every opportunity to overcome any unique challenges they may experience.”

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