Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Education Matters

The Nationals WA to support gifted and talented education pathways

Nationals Statement

The Nationals WA have today announced plans to expand Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) pathways into regional Senior High Schools, should they win the balance of power at the upcoming State election.

Ms Davies said the delivery of GATE programs to regional schools would offer more flexible education pathways for students.

“There are many regional students who would benefit from GATE, but are geographically restricted from this pathway.”

Ms Davies said a selection of GATE subjects were currently offered online; however these selections are limited and offered less support and engagement than a dedicated GATE pathway.

“The only effective way to currently access GATE is by attending one of the 16 metropolitan schools that offer this program,” she said.

“Access to quality education is a key factor in building sustainable and resilient regional communities, and the provision of GATE outside the metropolitan area is essential to address regional education outcomes and foster the development of our most capable students.”

Ms Davies said The Nationals would look to expand the GATE program outside of the metropolitan area.

She said Senior High Schools in Albany, Broome, Esperance, Geraldton, Merredin, Moora, Narrogin and Northam, particularly those with residential colleges could be considered for the program.

“Adding GATE programs to these Senior High Schools would provide a significant attraction for these regional schools, and may encourage more students to remain involved in the regional education system.”

“Significant Royalties for Regions funding has already been made available to allow many regional residential colleges to improve their facilities and capacity.”

Ms Davies said Royalties for Regions funding would be made available to each school to implement GATE pathways.

“By delivering GATE to regional Senior High Schools we are helping our regional students to remain in their communities with family and friends, without compromising their education.”

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