Exciting time for education
TASMANIAN public education has just celebrated 150 years, and the momentum for improvement has probably never been greater.
The State Government is investing record amounts into education, and results have improved significantly in the past four years, with more to come.
We have been investing heavily in teachers, schools and resources to lift education outcomes in Tasmania.
The results are positive, showing our plan, together with our principals, teachers and support staff’s commitment, is working.
The attainment rate for TCE students has improved by 10 per cent since we came to government, and we have 142 more teachers and nearly 200 extra teacher assistants in our schools.
In 2020, under the new Education Act, students will be required to stay at school until they are 18 (unless they have a job or traineeship), and up to 2500 more three-year-olds will have access to free preschool opportunities.
This year, the pilot program Working Together for Three-Year-Olds will be held in five centres, before being rolled out in full in 2020.
Improving literacy and numeracy is also vital, which is why we will employ a literacy and numeracy coach in every government school, and implement a new literacy and numeracy strategy.
The Hodgman Government’s strong financial management will enable us to invest a record $324 million into education, including 358 more staff and $192 million in education and training infrastructure over the next six years.
In addition to this investment, the recently signed bilateral National School Reform Agreement between the Tasmanian and Australian governments will provide $490 million to Tasmanian government schools over the next 10 years.
This unprecedented longterm funding ensures certainty for Tasmanian schools and will provide resources for students with the greatest need.
Communities around the state have also embraced our program to extend high schools to Years 11 and 12, with 38 schools making the move so far, another five next year and the rest by 2022.
The investments we have made are a clear sign of how much the Hodgman Liberal Government values education, and how investing in teachers, schools and infrastructure will help lift education attainment and help transform the lives of Tasmanians.