Children who have a healthy start to life and good early years support will begin school with a greater chance of educational success.
The major drivers of achievement at school are:
- Attendance at school every day
- Quality classroom teaching supported by good school leadership
- Good family and peer influences
Across the Kimberley and the Pilbara, outcomes for Aboriginal students remain disproportionately low compared with State and national averages. The remoteness and size of many schools in these regions is a major challenge in ensuring high quality learning environments - attracting and retaining experienced teachers and principals can be problematic. Across-agency and community support is required to re-engage families with schools to achieve better attendance and results.
The State Government will improve existing strategies in the regions to ensure every student has the opportunity to achieve educational success. It has committed $25 million for a three-year Kimberley Schools Project to accelerate student achievement in schools and communities that opt in to the project.
This work will recognise that while primary teaching can be delivered in regional and remote locations where Aboriginal families live, the broader secondary curriculum can only be delivered in larger regional centres or through boarding arrangements in metropolitan areas. The State Government will consider increasing the capacity of and/or building new hostels at regional secondary schools, enabling an easier transition for remote community students.