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Beechboro school proves textbook example
Beechboro school proves textbook example

Julia Gillard singled out Beechboro Christian School yesterday as a shining example of how targeted Federal Government funding could make a difference to the education of students in disadvantaged areas.

Ms Gillard said the changes seen at schools such as Beechboro were a sample of the wider transformation that could be achieved under Labor's plan to tie increased funding to school improvements.

Beechboro principal Murray Thomas said national partnership funding had helped pay for a consultant from the Association of Independent Schools of WA to train teachers at the low-fee primary school once a fortnight.

The consultant had helped teachers analyse students' results on national literacy and numeracy tests and show how they could be improved.

But WA non-government schools were concerned by the scant financial details Ms Gillard released.

"What we need as a Catholic school system is certainty around our funding and we need it sooner rather than later," Catholic Education Office director Ron Dullard said.

AISWA director Valerie Gould said the six-year transition would give schools time to adjust.

But Australian Education Union chief Angelo Gavrielatos said extra funding should be delivered sooner.

He said premiers opposed to school funding reform did not value children or education.

The West Australian

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