149. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the Minister for Education and
I refer to the minister's
press release from yesterday, 12 March 2019, titled ''Violence policy at
work in WA public schools'', in particular the 919 students who have
been suspended for physical aggression so far this year.
(1) How many of these students
attend regional schools?
(2) Of those
students in (1), please table which schools they attend.
(3) What level of funding, if any,
is allocated to the implementation of the violence policy?
(4) If there is
funding, how is it distributed across regional and metropolitan schools?
(5) What measures
are in place to support students who have been suspended to reduce the
likelihood of them being suspended again?
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question.
(1) From the
original reporting period, Monday, 4 February to Wednesday, 27 February 2019,
an additional 13 students in public schools have now been recorded as suspended
for physical aggression. This takes the total from 919 to 932. Of these, 330
were in non-metropolitan education region public schools.
(2) I table the attached
[See paper 2460.]
(3) The sum of
$3.3 million has been allocated to the implementation of the violence in
(4) Funding is
distributed across a range of statewide initiatives. It is not distributed
directly to regional and metropolitan schools. It is paying for the additional
staffing in the alternative placements and a range of other programs. It is not
going directly to the schools.