The Kimberley Schools Project (KSP) will provide $25 million of Royalties for Regions funding to accelerate and intensify existing strategies to improve educational outcomes, and so underpin broader economic and social development in the region.
Whilst there are pockets of educational excellence in the Kimberley, student outcomes lag behind those of other regions. In order to close the gap in educational outcomes, the project seeks to: empower communities outside the school gates and more effectively target resources to teachers and principals inside the school gates.
The need for the project was initially identified in the Kimberley Development Commission’s 2036 and Beyond: A Regional Investment Blueprint for the Kimberley. The project contributes towards the priorities identified in the Department of Regional Development’s Regional Development Strategy 2016-2025 to develop people’s capability to drive growth and prosperity. The project is also one of ten priority actions in the Regional Services Reform Unit’s Resilient Families, Stronger Communities roadmap.
Kununurra District High School has been selected to undertake the program in Term 1 of 2019 which aims to increase attendance and engagement with a one-on-one focused model of teaching for children in kindergarten to Year 2. The Hon. Alannah MacTiernan, Minister for Regional Development was in Kununurra in November, 2018 and advised “Teachers are reporting real gains in students’ literacy skills and enthusiasm for school. The expansion of the program will bring this explicit instruction approach to a further nine schools in the region, spreading the benefits widely across the Kimberley – especially important because many students are transient. This program puts us in a good position to drive long-term generational change in the region”.
Education & Training Minister, The Hon Sue Ellery is pleased that the project was expanding, “These schools will receive regular advice from experienced and highly skilled staff who understand the unique Kimberley context. Parents and communities are also supported to work with their schools, giving children the best possible chance to succeed at school”.