New teachers and EAs
December 2, 2016
Mr. Speaker, we are always pleased to welcome new families to our schools and communities.
As we strive to grow the diversity and size of our population, immigration plays a key role… and so do our schools.
For example, the number of EAL students in our public education system rose from 367 in 2007 to 1,455 this year.
During 2015-16, we had 435 newcomer students enter our public school system.
Over the summer, another 231 new immigrant students enrolled.
And based on IIDI data, 288 more children aged 6 to 18 could arrive this school year.
Mr. Speaker, as our population increases, the expectations on teachers to help newcomer students become successful learners … continue to rise.
The large increase in new students this year resulted in a need for more:
- classroom teachers to address class size and class composition challenges
- and itinerant teachers to go out to schools where newcomer students are
Mr. Speaker, this year we were very pleased to receive funding of 1.4 million for 31.5 new positions …. to further support newcomer and special needs students.
These additional positions included:
- 8 itinerant teachers to provide language, literacy and transition supports to newcomer students
- 5 EA positions to support newcomer students
- 2 additional Kindergarten teachers to help us maintain Kindergarten class size targets.
- 5 EA positions to support students with ADHD, autism, complex medical conditions, high risk behaviours and other needs.
- and, 2 Youth Service Worker positions
Mr. Speaker, we continue to see more students with special needs entering the system, than leaving.
Our staff are extremely pleased to have this additional funding … so these students can safely attend school
… and so classroom teachers can focus on teaching the entire class.
Mr. Speaker, we are very grateful for this $1.4 million investment in our students and in our education system.
Minister of Education, Early Learning and Culture