Teachers our Biggest Asset
Thu 17 May 2012
Minister for Education and Skills
The commitment to improving professional development for Tasmania's teachers is highlighted in the State Budget.
The Minister for Education, Nick McKim, said teachers were the biggest assets in the education system and needed to be the best to ensure students succeeded.
Mr McKim said Tasmania had the second leanest education bureaucracy in Australia and is directing funding to where it makes the greatest difference for students.
"I have said many times that we need to invest more in inspiring and supporting our teachers and those who lead them.
"We know that data from the best education systems around the world show that producing the best teachers is fundamental to getting the best results from our students.
"I am pleased that extra funding of $3.4 million has been allocated in the Budget for the next two years for the Tasmanian Professional Learning Institute to deliver high quality professional development for teachers and Department staff.
"There is $1.7 million in 2012-13 for the Institute to initially offer programs aimed at school based leadership roles but gradually it will expand its focus to encompass all areas of the department.
"Building learning cultures in our schools and system is fundamental to school improvement."
Mr McKim said providing leadership, not just from the principal, is a key to students' success.
"I want to prioritise investing in our people. We need to recruit, develop, support and retain the best teachers and school leaders - this is the key to changing students' lives," he said.
"The activities of the Tasmanian Professional Learning Institute will compliment the development of our school improvement and accountability framework that will see the growth of networks of schools and colleges across the State."