EDUCATION Minister Liz Constable will spend the week visiting some of the State’s most remote schools, with the aim of boosting Aboriginal students’ results and empowering local school communities to work together to address the unique issues they face.
Dr Constable will meet with staff and community representatives at 14 government and non-government schools, visiting a range of communities from the Fitzroy Valley to East Kimberley.
“School partnerships and networks can accomplish amazing things,” she said.
“The advantages of developing productive partnerships between government and non-government schools is clearly evident and we have seen great results in the past two years from the State Government’s push to have the sectors working together.
“We have seen plenty of evidence of school networks making positive changes for students and I want to continue to advance this model of sharing resources and expertise for the benefit of students.”
The Minister said the success of the Independent Public Schools reform demonstrated school principals’ desire to take control and tailor programs to their students’ needs.
“Issues including attendance and the retention of talented staff are of concern in remote locations,” Dr Constable said.
“The sectors are now working together to advance the needs of students, staff and communities. The Government is listening, and working hard to make sure that sustainable solutions are put in place.”
The Minister will visit the schools with director of the Catholic Education Office of WA Ron Dullard, Aboriginal Independent Community Schools education consultant John Hill and Department of Education regional director Bill Mann.