Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

5 June 2018

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training

Boost in teacher numbers set to revitalise School Farms

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to continuing to improve education in Tasmania through providing the best possible education to our students, including more teachers in our classrooms.

The Tasmanian Government is employing 250 additional teachers and 80 teacher assistants as part of a total investment in 358 more staff in our public school system over the next six years.

Next week’s State Budget will include the first four years funding for this commitment, totalling more than $13 million in new funding into School Farms.

This funding includes $4.9 million over 4 years invested into 10 new FTE teaching staff to support the growing success of School Farms, as well as $800,000 to assist schools with the operational cost of running their farms.

The benefits of this new funding will be felt across School Farms around the state, including Oatlands District High School, which is just one of the 15 schools set to benefit from this increase in staffing to support agricultural education.

In addition, major upgrades at Sheffield District High School and Jordan River Learning Federation School Farms will be undertaken at a cost of $7.3 million.

Agriculture is a pillar of Tasmania's economy, and our successful Primary Schools to Primary Industries initiative gives students a clear education pathway on primary industries and the science behind food and fibre production.

Today’s announcement builds on our commitment to create a job ready generation, and our  School Farms are key to giving our students interested in a career in agriculture hands on practical real world experience and skills, to help them reach their career goals.

Our young people are our future and research shows that quality teaching is one of the biggest predictors of student success. That is why the Hodgman Liberal Government is strongly committed to delivering on its Plan to take education to the next level.

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