An additional 500 teachers
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.
An end to salary caps
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 be the pressures of COVID-19.
Western Australia’s public schools are currently only provided funding for 95 per cent of the average cost of educating a child, as defined by the federal government’s Schooling Resource Standard, and have no way of making up this funding themselves.
Given the additional costs the WA education system faces because of the size of our state and growing public school enrolments, this just doesn’t make sense.
The state government should increase funding for public education, so that our schools receive 100 per cent of the average cost of educating a child. This would provide between $280 million and $340 million in public school funding each year for West Australian kids, which would be more than enough to fully fund the initiatives in our plan.