What we need increased funding for
1,000 additional teachers over four years, so our children get the individual attention they need and schools have the resources they need to support both at-home and at-school learning, should future lockdowns be required. These new full-time positions would be in addition to workforce growth currently planned by the Department of Education, and take on even more importance, given the number of Western Australian families that have returned home during COVID-19.
Mental health services
Providing additional mental health services and counsellors in our public schools, including 100 FTE school psychologists, so that every child who needs support receives it.
Ensuring every school has fast broadband, modern IT and devices necessary to facilitate face-to-face and at-home learning, and dedicated IT staff for technical support.
Safety in schools
Providing additional resources, including professional learning, to help teachers deal with extreme student behavioural problems, violence and mental health issues that have been exacerbated by the pressures of COVID-19.
TAFE is the jewel in the crown and central to WA's economic recovery. We're seeking party commitments to ensure:
- Quality teaching, training and learning
- Professional development and training
- Information technology
- Counselling services