An innovative approach to the use of government funding is set to benefit indigenous students at Eden Marine High School, while also creating an opportunity for the school to expand its staff.
The school is seeking a tutor to work with its indigenous students, primarily providing in-class support to teachers in the areas of engagement, literacy and numeracy.
The tutor will be employed using funding from the NSW Government’s Norta Norta program; an indigenous funding scheme that forms a major part of the school’s Aboriginal education plan.
Until now, Norta Norta funding has mainly been used on initiatives including targeted NAPLAN tutoring and a Wednesday afternoon independent learning hub.
“It’s quite an innovative use of the funding, and something that we’ve decided on through consultation with the local Aboriginal community,” Principal of Eden Marine High School, Ian Moorehead said.
“It won’t just benefit the Aboriginal students either; having an extra staff member in the classroom to help with things like keeping the students on task will help the class teacher get through more during lessons.
“In addition to the classroom support, they would also be engaging with the students in some of the more unstructured times like recess and lunch.
“We’re very excited about the chance to have a new staff member on board to help us fulfil our school plan, which is all about creating improved learning outcomes for our students.”
Under Norta Norta guidelines, the preference is for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person to fill the position.
The position runs until the end of the current school year, with an evaluation to occur before a decision is made on the role for 2015.
For more details and information on how to apply, see the classifieds ad on page 46 of Thursday's Magnet.