Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

15 February 2017

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training

Middle Years Project supports literacy and numeracy outcomes

The Hodgman Liberal Government has a long term plan to improve educational outcomes and ensure every Tasmanian student can look forward to a brighter future.

With the budget back on track, we are able to invest more in priority areas such as education.

This year we are introducing a Middle Years Project which will provide additional literacy and numeracy support for schools. This is in addition to our 2014 commitment of an additional 25 literacy and numeracy specialist teachers in schools, and builds on progress made last year in language and literacy outcomes for our younger students following stronger NAPLAN results.

Funding for this project will establish four associations, each receiving a grant of $157,000 (see Appendix). This funding will allow them to drive improved teaching practices, working in partnership with the Literacy and Numeracy Team in Curriculum Services to improve learning outcomes for their students.

Literacy and numeracy are foundation skills for life and learning, and initiatives such as these will help ensure we reach our goal of leading the nation in education and create a job-ready generation of young Tasmanians.

While the Hodgman Government is proud of recent improvements in education, we will continue to progress the structural change and targeted investment necessary to give every Tasmanian a better education and greater opportunity in life.

Appendix A

The associations of schools selected to be involved with the project for 2017 are:

Meander Valley Association

Deloraine High School

Deloraine Primary School

Westbury Primary School

Mole Creek Primary School

Kings Meadows Association

Kings Meadows High School

Youngtown Primary School

Glen Dhu Primary School

Perth Primary School

Evandale Primary School

Longford Primary School

Huonville Association

Huonville High School

Huonville Primary School

Circular Head Association

Smithton High School

Smithton Primary School

Edith Creek Primary School

Redpa Primary School

Forest Primary School

Stanley Primary School

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