Make this State Election count
Our key election asks are:
Employing 500 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.
Ending salary caps and returning to negotiated percentage-based salary increases, so that we can attract and retain the best teachers at WA public schools.
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.
Providing additional resources, including professional learning, to help teachers deal with extreme student behavioural problems, violence and mental health issues that have been exacerbated be 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: