Labor delivers more education assistants for local schools

Labor delivers more education assistants for local schools

Southwell Primary School in Hamilton Hill is set to receive an extra education assistant from next year to provide more one-on-one support for students.

The McGowan Labor Government is proceeding with its election commitment to put an additional 300 education assistants back into WA classrooms.

The education assistants have been allocated to students most in need of additional support. They will work across kindergarten to year two and will be permanent on appointment.

Spearwood Primary School will also benefit from additional education assistant hours from 2020.

“This Labor Government is delivering on our election commitments to local schools,” said State Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk.

“We’re working to undo the damage caused by the previous government’s education cuts, prioritising the schools with greatest need like Southwell. Students at Southwell will now get the individual attention in the early years that they need to thrive.”

Southwell Primary School Principal Elizabeth Melville said, “the school’s education assistants are a great support to teachers, in the school’s ongoing effort to provide the best education for its students.”

Sue Ellery, Minister for Education and Training stated education assistants are integral to the smooth running of classrooms and allow teachers to get on with the job of teaching.

“Unfortunately the significant cuts made in the past meant less help in the classroom, making learning harder for all students.

“We are delivering an education system that provides more one on one attention for WA children.”