Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

19 May 2017

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training

Joining with The Smith Family to help students finish school

The Hodgman Liberal Government’s goal is to lead the nation in education and create a job-ready generation. We want to see more students remaining engaged in education and staying at school longer so they have the skills needed to get a good job.

This is why we have partnered with The Smith Family to improve the education opportunities in some of Tasmania’s most disadvantaged rural and regional areas.

The Learning for Life scholarship provides long-term support to children and their families who are most in need. With a focus on the early years and helping more students complete year 12, this scholarship has helped an additional 100 students in partner schools across Launceston’s north-east and the Burnie/Wynyard communities.

The program includes financial assistance to help with education expenses, as well as practical support such as literacy and numeracy programs and helping parents understand finance.

The Government’s four-year commitment to the partnership with The Smith Family complements the Government’s existing investments in education such as extending high schools to year 12 which has resulted in the TCE achievement rate rising to 56.4 per cent - a huge six percentage point increase on the previous year and 13 percent higher than it was under Labor and the Greens in 2011.

It is clear that our Plan to extend high schools to year 12 is having a major impact, and it is initiatives such as this that help ensure long-term engagement in education, sending a clear message to Tasmanians that school does not end at Year 10.

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