Supporting students, families and schools with Professional Support Staff

Sarah Courtney,Minister for Education

Recruitment has commenced today for school psychologists, social workers and speech and language pathologists to support the work of our Child and Family Learning Centre as part of the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s $3.82 million First 100 Day election commitment.

The new staff will support Tasmanian families and students at every stage of their development and learning, and are designed to replicate the Support and Wellbeing team model currently in government schools.

Expanding the support in Child and Family Learning Centres will build on the variety of critical services already delivered to families and young children experiencing vulnerability and disadvantage.

The successful recruitment program will result in a record number of professional support staff and will assist students to participate in, and engage with early learning wellbeing, literacy, and numeracy.

Professional Support Staff, including psychologists, speech and language pathologists and social workers, are key in providing critical evidence-based services to optimise learning, wellbeing and engagement.

Education is the single most powerful driver for improving economic and social outcomes in Tasmania including health, life expectancy, happiness and productivity.

That’s why our last Budget includes $7.5 billion over the forward estimates, with an additional $204 million in capital works to support teachers, students and improve education infrastructure in our schools.

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