Education and Training Minister for Western Australia, Sue Ellery, has announced the finalists for the WA Education Awards, which aims to recognise top educators from across the state.
Automatic suspensions of students who assault others or instigate a fight is being considered as part of the Western Australian Government’s plan to reduce violence in schools.
The first of 200 transformations of primary school classrooms into science laboratories has been completed as part of the Western Australian Government’s $17 million Science in Schools program.
Belmont Primary School, which is the first to reveal its new science laboratory, also received $25,000 to purchase laboratory equipment.
“Our focus on science in schools means more students across the state can take part in new learning experiences in a well-equipped, contemporary science lab, and teachers have more resources to plan hands-on activities,” said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery.
The Science in Schools program will involve 200 public primary schools from across the state, selected based on their plans to grow and improve science education to skill students for the jobs of the future.
A total of 100 schools were allocated funding in the first round, with half of the allocated schools in low socio-economic areas.
“The generic skills students will learn in these new labs are vital for their future job prospects and for the state’s future economy,” added Minister Ellery.
From 24 July 2018, public primary schools can express their interest in the second round, which will see another 100 science laboratories delivered from 2020. . Expressions of interest will close on 17 August 2018.
Selected small public primary schools in Western Australia will receive funding grants for science equipment and resources to help students develop STEM skills such as teamwork, problem solving, creativity, independent thinking, critical analysis, initiative and communication.
The search has begun for Western Australia’s leading STEM education schools, with applications for the 2018 Governor’s School STEM Awards officially opened on 25 June 2018.