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More school support staff to help students get a better education

17 May 2017

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training

The Hodgman Liberal Government’s long term Plan for education is working, with a record number of students staying in school longer and achieving more.

But we know there's a long way to go.

That's why in next week’s State Budget, which is all about Building Tasmania’s Future, we are making a $6.9 million investment over four years to help ensure all students have the opportunity to reach their full potential at school.

This funding will mean an additional 14.8 FTE professional support staff are employed across our Government schools including speech pathologists, psychologists and social workers.

Supporting the health and wellbeing needs of students, these specialists will work with students who might not otherwise reach their full potential at school, which in turn improves their future employment prospects.

Education is, and will always be, a priority of this Government. By getting the Budget back into balance we are able to continue to invest in the most significant improvements to our education system in decades.

This announcement builds on our record education funding which includes funding the "full Gonski", the additional literacy and numeracy specialist teachers we added to schools in our first year in Government, and the improvements we are making to keep students at school longer such as by extending high schools to Year 12.