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Priorities and initiatives

Our current key priorities, programs and initiatives are set out below.

Science boost for primary schools

One hundred public primary schools have been selected to have existing classrooms converted to science laboratories. Schools were selected based on their plans to grow and improve science education at their schools.

Successful schools also receive a one-off grant of $25 000 to purchase science resources. 

This forms part of the State Government’s $12 million commitment to convert 200 existing primary school classrooms to science laboratories by 2021, with an additional $5 million for science resources. A further 100 schools will be selected for the initiative in 2019.

Work will start in 2018 or 2019. The funding for science resources will be allocated when each classroom is complete.

 

Successful primary schools include:

Alkimos Beach Primary School
Allendale Primary School
Amaroo Primary School
Applecross Primary School
Armadale Primary School
Ashburton Drive Primary School
Ashfield Primary School
Avonvale Primary School
Baldivis Gardens Primary School
Baler Primary School
Ballajura Primary School
Bambara Primary School
Bayulu Remote Community School
Beaumaris Primary School
Beldon Primary School
Belmont Primary School
Bertram Primary School
Bicton Primary School
Bindoon Primary School
Braeside Primary School
Brookman Primary School
Bungaree Primary School
Calista Primary School
Canning Vale Primary School
Caralee Community School
Carcoola Primary School
Challis Community Primary School
Clarkson Primary School
Clayton View Primary School
Connolly Primary School
Dalmain Primary School
Dampier Primary School
Dryandra Primary School
Dudley Park Primary School
East Hamilton Hill Primary School
East Maddington Primary School
East Narrogin Primary School
East Waikiki Primary School
Edney Primary School
Esperance Primary School
Fairview Primary School
Flinders Park Primary School
Geographe Primary School
Glendale Primary School
Greenfields Primary School
Halls Head Primary School
Hampton Park Primary School
Hannans Primary School
Harvey Primary School
Herne Hill Primary School
Highgate Primary School
Hillman Primary School
Hudson Park Primary School
Inglewood Primary School
Joondalup Primary School
Kalamunda Primary School
Karratha Primary School
Koondoola Primary School
Koorana Primary School
Lake Monger Primary School
Makybe Rise Primary School
Manjimup Primary School
Marmion Primary School
Medina Primary School
Merriwa Primary School
Middle Swan Primary School
Mindarie Primary School
Moora Primary School
Mount Claremont Primary School
Mount Pleasant Primary School
Narrogin Primary School
Newborough Primary School
Nollamara Primary School
North Beach Primary School
North Woodvale Primary School
Nulsen Primary School
Ocean Reef Primary School
O'Connor Primary School
Orange Grove Primary School
Orelia Primary School
Rivervale Primary School
Rockingham Lakes Primary School
Rosalie Primary School
Roseworth Primary School
Sawyers Valley Primary School
South Hedland Primary School
Spencer Park Primary School
Subiaco Primary School
Sutherland Dianella Primary School
Swan View Primary School
Tambrey Primary School
Tapping Primary School
Warnbro Primary School
Westfield Park Primary School
Westminster Primary School and Westminster Junior Primary School
Woodlands Primary School
Woodlupine Primary School
Yanchep Lagoon Primary School
Yangebup Primary School
Yuluma Primary School

Additional funding for education assistants and Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers

From 2018, selected schools will be able to better support students who need it the most with the Government announcing additional funding to appoint education assistants and Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers.

A total of 238 primary and district high schools with the most socially disadvantaged students will receive funding to appoint additional education assistants to support student learning in Kindergarten to Year 2.

A total of 74 regional and remote schools, along with four regional residential colleges, will receive funding to appoint additional Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers to support Aboriginal students. 

Media statement
List of selected schools

More help for students with learning difficulties

Students with autism who have very complex support can apply to enrol in schools with new specialist learning programs in 2018 at Cooinda, Heathridge, Marangaroo, Samson or Gosnells Primary Schools, or in the first program for secondary students at Southern River College.

A total of 16 schools will be selected to run the $32 million specialist autism programs by 2020.

We are also investing in services to support students with disability and learning difficulties.

Facilities at 22 education support schools and centres for students with disability will be upgraded and schools will receive an extra $5 million to support students with learning difficulties such as dyslexia and speech disorders.

A new dedicated team of expert psychologists will also be set up to undertake the complex assessment of students with disability, ensuring funding and services are provided more quickly to schools for these students.

While the vast majority of students are engaged in schooling and behave well, it is estimated that between one and two per cent of students might require intensive engagement and behaviour support at some point in their schooling.

The new model will provide better support to more students.

Find out more on engagement centres.

Kimberley Schools Project

Aboriginal children make up more than 60 per cent of the Kimberley’s school population and many of them face significant challenges to complete their education.

The Kimberley Schools Project will run for three years and strengthen education of children in the area. It builds on existing strategies to accelerate all children’s learning, with a focus on Aboriginal children, by empowering school communities, developing teaching and engagement at schools and bridging the gap between the two. 

The project supports principals and teachers to deliver targeted teaching tailored to the specific needs of students in the Kimberley. This includes a Broome based support unit to provide one on one coaching and advice for teachers and principals as well as the development of a range of curriculum materials to meet the unique learning needs of students in the area.

Kimberley Schools Project is a partnership between the three school sectors – public, Independent and Catholic – with up to 22 schools having the opportunity to opt-in and take part.

The project is a collaboration between the Department of Regional Development, Department of Education, Regional Services Reform Unit and Kimberley Development Commission in partnership with the Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) and Association of Independent Schools Western Australia (AISWA).

Find out more at the Regional Services Reform Unit website