The Hodgman majority Liberal Government has a plan to lift education attainment and one of the centrepieces is extending our high schools to Years 11-12 by 2022 through Senior Secondary Partnerships.
Communities around the state have embraced our program to extend high schools to Years 11-12 with 38 schools making the move so far, another 5 in 2019 and another 4 schools announced today for 2020.
In 2020 Kingston High School will deliver these courses in partnership with Hobart College and Huonville High School, New Town High School and Ogilvie High School will partner with Elizabeth College, and Dover will continue to work in partnership with Huonville High School and Hobart College.
Our investment in the past 4 years has been significant with 38 schools extending to Years 11-12, the re-introduction of school nurses, 142 more teachers and over 63 more support staff including psychologists, social workers and speech pathologists.
We have far exceeded our original commitment to have 21 schools extended to Years 11-12 by 2018 which is part of our plan to keep more young people engaged in education longer and to create the job ready generation of the future.
Year 12 attainment, measured through the attainment rate of the Tasmanian Certificate of Education is also the highest on record, at 58.9 per cent, up more than 10 per cent since 2014.
The Tasmanian Government’s strong financial management is enabling us to invest a record $324 million into education, including more teachers and support staff and $192 million in education and training infrastructure.
The Hodgman majority Liberal Government knows that a good education is the best chance to get ahead in life and we want to ensure every Tasmanian student, no matter where they live, has the best possible opportunities.
Our targets for education and training include:
- Invest a record $324 million over 6 years into Education including 250 more teachers and 358 new staff in total.
- Invest $192 million in education and training infrastructure.