The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to lifting educational achievement and creating a job-ready generation by giving students easier access to senior secondary studies, sending a clear message that school does not finish at Year 10.
Our $415,000 investment in capital works for Year 11 and 12 at Ulverstone High School is now complete, providing senior secondary students with their own learning areas.
Our successful high school extension program is working - enrolments in the first 12 extension schools are up from 57 per cent to 58.3 per cent since 2014, and direct retention rates from year 10 to year 11 remain at a ten year high. As one of 18 schools which have extended to Year 12 in 2017, Ulverstone High School has seen an additional 51 students take advantage of the extension program.
The 2017 First Term Census data shows 533 students are currently studying year 11 and 12 at the 30 Tasmanian Government High Schools that have already extended to Year 12, meaning 533 students are currently engaged in education and heading towards a brighter future because we have extended high schools to year 12.
The extension to year 12 at Ulverstone includes a collaboration with local Colleges. To complete their Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE), gain a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification or an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) score for entry into university, Ulverstone High School students can still access Don and Hellyer Colleges, ensuring a broad and varied subject choice.
There is no better foundation to Build Tasmania’s Future than education.
We will continue to implement our long term Plan for education to ensure every Tasmanian student can look forward to a brighter future.