Supporting our children in education

2 June 2020|Community News, Education| Off Comments off on Supporting our children in education|

By Josh Willie

Labor Member for Elwick


PARENTS know only too well each of their children are different.

They also know the pandemic is affecting each child in a different way.

COVID-19 is testing all of us and for children, it is particularly difficult.

In weeks of learning at home, we have all become more aware of how connectedness to schools is critical for our children’s future and all our futures.

Our need to be connected to our communities has never been more front of mind and the looming return to school provides us all with an opportunity to think about the supports our children will need.

The COVID-19 impact on student health and well-being should not be underestimated.

A recent study on learning from home by the Peter Underwood Centre (UTAS) recognised two key areas for focus as students readjust to returning to school.

We need to help students catch up and pay attention to their health and well being, particularly mental health.

Mental health was already a serious concern before the pandemic.

Early help is known to be vital in protecting children in the long term.

Labor’s Mental Health Workers in Schools program could be adopted, boosting the amount of social workers, youth workers and psychologists available when children need support.

This is a tough time for everybody.

The government has the opportunity to put this program into schools to help our young people face these challenges.

I urge the State Government to take on a policy that has our students best interests at heart.

Caption: Josh Willie and his two sons at Launch into Learning pre COVID-19 pandemic.

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