Hon Elizabeth Constable MA(Syd) DipEd(UNE) MEd(Harvard) PhD(UWA) MLA

Hon Elizabeth Constable MA(Syd) DipEd(UNE) MEd(Harvard) PhD(UWA) MLA

Former Minister for Education

    Troubled Mid-West students given new chance

    4/11/2011 12:00 AM
    • Sixth behaviour centre opened by State Government
    • Geraldton centre gives specialist help to improve attendance and behaviour

    Mid-West students struggling with behavioural problems are enjoying a second chance to succeed thanks to the Geraldton Endeavour Centre.


    Education Minister Liz Constable officially opened the behaviour centre this morning.


    “In its first year of operation, staff at the facility have helped more than 50 students who have benefited from the positive learning environment and focus on improving behaviour,” Dr Constable said.


    “The centre’s many successes include changing the outlook of a once difficult student who has now entered Training WA and is on a productive life path; and another who regularly attends class after previously attending school only 20 per cent of the time.


    “These achievements are a result of the principal, senior school psychologist, staff and the students working together to properly address the needs of those who, for many reasons, have found attending school previously challenging.”


    The Geraldton Endeavour Centre is one of six behaviour centres opened across Western Australia by the State Government over the past two years, joining others in Port Hedland, Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Bunbury.


    It follows a 2009 State Government commitment of $46million to improve student behaviour, which also included funding for pastoral care, more school psychologists and additional psychologist training on mental health issues.


    “The centre’s staff work with parents and other agencies such as the Department for Child Protection, Youth and Family Services, WA Police, Disability Services Commission and Parenting WA to help those children who need it the most,” the Minister said.


    “This is a great example of the State Government and the community working together to get children back to school and learning.  I’m confident there will be many more positive stories to come out of this centre as its important work continues.”


          Fact File

    • More than $90,000 was spent to transform a former kindergarten site
    • Centre offers intensive programs for year 7-10 students, primary school outreach and professional teacher support
    • An estimated three per cent of WA students require non-mainstream schooling

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