Teachers’ assistants freshly funded

Emily SharpSound Telegraph

Sixteen schools in the Kwinana and Rockingham region will receive a boost over the next three years after the State Government announced education assistants will be put back into classrooms.

By 2020, primary schools across the region will have the added support of more than 40 education assistants. Premier Mark McGowan said education assistants had 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.

“Our focus is to provide WA children with a world-class education and that means providing extra support in the classroom,” Mr McGowan said.

Rockingham Beach Primary School will be one of many to benefit with two education assistants to come on board in 2020.

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Principal Jacqui O’Donnell said having additional education assistants in early childhood classrooms would provide much- needed support to teachers to focus on quality teaching.

“This will be particularly helpful for our literacy and numeracy programs for students who need extra help,” she said.

Golden Bay Primary School will also receive two education assistants in 2020 with the announcement well received by staff and the school board. Principal Peta Lawrence said she welcomed the additional funding for education assistants.

East Waikiki Primary School will welcome three full-time and one part-time education assistant from 2019.

Principal Luke Clatworthy said extra assistants would help achieve learning goals for younger students and better track progress.

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