Pannawonica Primary School principal Lachlan Patterson has promised a more positive environment for students and staff after a scathing review from the Education Department last year.
“This year, we have placed a major emphasis on communication among staff and we have three new teachers,” he said.
“Parents are being encouraged to become more involved in their child’s education and are invited to help with our daily reading groups. We are currently testing all students from kindergarten to Year 7 in
literacy and numeracy and this data will be used to create a learning program tailored to each child’s skill level.”
Department of Education director general Sharyn O’Neill said a critical review was often the wake-up call a school needed to get its house in order.
“I will always insist on investigating schools where I think children’s education is being compromised,” she said.
The damning review handed down last year to Pannawonica Primary had nine major findings including low literacy and numeracy standards, limited instructional leadership and inadequate staff collaboration.
There were also concerns regarding student attendance, financial management and inadequate appreciation of the worth of productive and respectful school-community partnerships.
Mr Patterson said since the review the school had employed an early childhood and literacy specialist who was working with teachers individually to help to improve teaching programs.
“This teacher is also a curriculum specialist who is preparing staff for the implementation of the new Australian Curriculum,” he said.
“We are regularly communicating with parents about the importance of sending their children to school every day.“We have also increased our education assistants’ hours so they can devote more time to students who require extra help.”
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