One of the common questions we receive is about schooling in Tasmania and how years 11 and 12 are normally conducted in separate colleges in Tasmania rather than in the same high schools that go through to grade 10. Well the Tasmanian Government is exploring adding years 11 and 12 to some regional schools so that children don’have to leave the area and can continue their education without a long commute or leaving home.
Six schools take steps towards Year 12
The State Government has announced six schools will take the first steps towards Year 12 education.
However, education minister Jeremy Rockliff has dodged questions about the current status of the schools that have put their hands up for the Liberals’
plan to take all Tasmanian high schools to years 11 and 12.
Mr Rockliff said Scottsdale High School, Smithton High School, Huonville High School and Dover District High Schools (in partnership) and St Helens and
St Marys District High Schools (in partnership) will start offering Year 11 from next year.
But Mr Rockliff did not say whether the schools were already offering year 11 and 12 courses when asked by former education minister, Greens Franklin MP
Nick McKim, if all six schools were already offering post-year 10 courses.
“Aren’t you crab-walking away from your unworkable policy?” Mr McKim said.
The Mercury has asked the Department of Education for confirmation on what courses the six schools are currently offering.
Premier Will Hodgman said this morning the Liberal Government had promised to extend four high schools in the first year.
“But our commitment and overwhelming support from the school community has resulted in the addition of two extra schools,” Mr Hodgman said.
Will Hodgman said schools had shown support for the Year 11/12 plan. “Tasmanian schools have shown overwhelming support for our plan.
“This is an important step in our Government’s plan to improve retention rates, create a job-ready generation and ensure students have the necessary skills
to reach their full potential.
“All of these schools are well advanced in their planning and operation, and well positioned to begin delivering Year 11/12 courses from next year.”
Under the plan each school will be resourced to hire up to five new teachers over the next four years, receive a 0.5 full-time equivalent to start later
this year to prepare for the extension, and receive additional funding for each student enrolled in college subjects.
Mr Hodgman said students could choose classes from essentials such as maths, science and English, to career-oriented classes including business studies
or a VET Certificate in Aquaculture.
Mr Rockliff said extending high schools to Year 11 and 12 would provide more choices for students and improve retention rates.
“Our plan sends a strong message to young Tasmanians that their education does not finish in year 10,” he said.
“These six schools will start delivering Year 11/12 courses from 2015, which is a significant first step toward our commitment to extend 21 high schools
in rural and regional areas to Year 12 by 2018.
“Work will continue with those schools who missed out this round to help them progress in their planning to offer Year 11 and 12 in the near future.”
If you need more information on schooling in Tasmania – for children of any age – then have a look at our other posts on schools and childcare, which include links to the right pages of the government and school websites.