Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Premier; Minister for Public Sector Management; State Development, Jobs and Trade; Federal-State Relations

Hon Sue Ellery BA MLC

Hon Sue Ellery BA MLC

Minister for Education and Training

    Key election promise delivered to put education assistants back in the classroom

    19/06/2017 9:30 AM
    • ​More education assistants and Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers in WA classrooms from 2018
    • McGowan Labor Government delivers key election commitment
    • Follows the cuts made by the previous Liberal National Government

    The McGowan Government is proceeding with its election commitment to put an additional 300 education assistants and 50 Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers (AIEOs) back into Western Australian classrooms.


    From 2018, 100 additional education assistants will be employed in WA public schools with 100 more employed for each of 2019 and 2020.


    Education assistants will be employed in 238 primary schools and district high schools with  most allocated to socially disadvantaged students.  They will work across kindergarten to Year 2 and will be permanent on appointment.


    An extra 50 AIEOs will be employed in regional WA to give local Aboriginal children additional assistance.


    They will be allocated to 74 schools including regional senior high schools, district high schools and remote community schools.  The schools with the most Aboriginal students will receive the most funding.


    Seven AIEOs will be employed in 2018 at residential colleges with significant numbers of Aboriginal students.  These residential colleges include Broome, Esperance, Geraldton and Albany.


    Funding for the additional education assistants and AIEOs will be provided to schools and residential colleges through a targeted initiative.


    For the full list of education assistants and AIEOs in WA schools in 2018, visit https://www.education.wa.edu.au


    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:


    "Putting education assistants back into WA classrooms was an important election commitment to help reverse the cuts made by the previous government. 


    "Our focus is to provide WA children with a world-class education and that means providing extra support in the classroom.


    "Education assistants have an integral role in the education of students including one on one literacy and numeracy coaching and extra support for students facing learning difficulties, students with English as a second language and students with disability."


    Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:


    "Education assistants and Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers assist teachers and support the educational goals of students.  They are integral to the smooth running of classrooms and allow teachers to get on with the job of teaching.


    "Unfortunately the significant cuts made in the past meant less help in the classroom, making learning harder for all students.


    "We are delivering an education system that provides more one on one attention for WA children."


    Premier's office - 6552 5000

    Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700