A Liberal Government will boost funding to specialised schools helpings kids with social, emotional or behavioural issues will be boosted to $4 million over four years.
Education Minister Peter Collier announced the commitment this afternoon, saying the money would go to Curriculum and Reengagement in Education schools which enrol more than 800 disengaged students across 10 sites.
“These specialised non-government schools provide education programs for students with social, emotional or behavioural difficulties and play a pivotal role in re-engaging at risk students in the education system,” he said.
Mr Collier said the CARE schools aimed to increase school attendance, improve literacy and numeracy skills and provide appropriate life skills for students to increase their work, training or study opportunities after school.
“The work of CARE schools is unique and different to mainstream schools,” he said.
“The schools work to re-engage students who no longer fit traditional education models and this also means educational outcomes of students in mainstream schools are not affected.”
Mr Collier said the Liberal Party had delivered on its 2008 commitment to an extra $3 million in funding to CARE schools.
“The CARE schools work in a complementary manner with the State Government’s behaviour centres which also provide students with complex needs to ensure that a range of programs and approaches are available to get these kids back on track,” he said.