Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

28 November 2018

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training

Delivering on priorities in Education

In 2018 the Hodgman majority Liberal Government has focused on delivering our Plan to address the issues Tasmanians care about most and we’ve delivered results.

We have prioritised lifting education achievement in Tasmania with a significant investment in teachers, support staff, schools, resources and infrastructure.

Planning has started for new schools at Sorell, Cosgrove, Legana and Brighton, more than $110 million has been invested in upgrades at nearly 20 primary and high schools state-wide and recruitment is currently underway to boost our school farms.

We have listened to concerns about workload and class sizes and committed a record $324 million into education, including 358 more staff and $192 million in education and training infrastructure.

And, most recently, we have offered to employ a further 95 new specialist teachers by the end of next year as part of a fair and affordable wages offer to address work load concerns.

Our Plan for Education is clearly working. TCE attainment and retention levels are improving and 38 schools have extended to Years 11-12 – well ahead of the planned 21 by 2018. Five schools have been confirmed for 2019 and four more schools in 2020 will offer senior secondary opportunities for students.

Our changes to the Education Act will also see free access to pre-school for vulnerable 3-year-olds and 5 pilot pre-schools have been announced for 2019 and we will be introducing a new needs-based funding model for students with disability.

Our achievements this year, build on what we have already delivered in our first term. There are now 142 more teachers, 193 more teacher assistants and 63 extra specialist support staff in our schools, like psychologists, social workers, speech pathologists and school nurses.

The Hodgman majority Liberal Government has fixed the budget and due to strong financial management we are able to continue to build your future with a better education system, more teachers, more support staff and contemporary schools and infrastructure.

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 infrastructure.
  • By 2020 be at or above the national standard in every single NAPLAN measurement in reading, writing, maths and science.
  • Ensure the retention rate of students from years 10-12 is at or above the national average by 2022.
  • 75 per cent of all students to complete their TCE by 2022.

See all of our targets at: https://www.tas.liberal.org.au/sites/default/files/BuildingYourFuture.pdf

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