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Media release – Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 22 February 2021 New Opportunities for Years 11 and 12 students in 2021 A total of nine Tasmanian Government schools have extended to Years 11 and 12 this year as part of the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s plan to create a job ready generation of young […]

Media release – Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 22 February 2021

New Opportunities for Years 11 and 12 students in 2021

A total of nine Tasmanian Government schools have extended to Years 11 and 12 this year as part of the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s plan to create a job ready generation of young Tasmanians.

Extension schools offer students choice, encourage them to remain engaged in education for longer and improve educational outcomes in the State.

Today I visited Exeter High School to tour the upgraded facilities and speak with students who have chosen to continue their senior secondary education at their local high school.

This is the first year every school in the Launceston region is providing Years 9 to 12 options.

It was also fantastic to hear about opportunities available to the students through the partnership in the Northern Urban Collective, and what they hope to achieve by the end of next year.

This collective of schools and colleges have been working in partnership to offer more individualised pathways for completing school in the setting that best suits the student and their chosen pathway.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is committed to increasing retention and attainment rates, and ensuring students can access appropriate pathways based on their goals and aspirations.

This brings the total number of extension schools to 56 as part of the Government’s 2018 election commitment to extend all Government high schools to Years 11 and 12 by 2022.


Media release – Josh Willie MLC, Shadow Minister for Education, 22 February 2021

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Attainment rates now in decline under the Liberals

Tasmanian Labor supports the extension of all schools to include Years 11 and 12.

A Labor Government will support the schools extension program but importantly, Labor recognises that this is only part of the equation.

Shadow Education Minister Josh Willie said extended school years cannot be the only approach to addressing poor education outcomes in Tasmania.

“Unfortunately Tasmania has the lowest Year 12 retention rates of any Australian state, dipping to 73.9 per cent in 2020 compared with the national rate of 82.1 per cent,” Mr Willie said.

“An absolute priority for Labor is finding effective ways to encourage students to continue their education through years 11 and 12 and to improve their chances at attaining better education, training and career outcomes.

“Retention is just one piece of the puzzle and what the Liberal Government fails to admit is that while our state spends the most in the country per student, Tasmania continues to have the worst outcomes.

“Attainment rates for Year 12 students in Tasmania have declined for the third year in a row and are just 58 per cent – significantly lower than the national average of 72 per cent – and that figure remains the same as 2008.

“In addition, NAPLAN figures show over the past decade Tasmania has gone backwards in half of the indicators assessed across grades 3, 5, 7 and 9.

“We all want to see our kids stay at school and get the best education, so they can have full and rewarding jobs, careers and lives.

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“Sadly this cannot be achieved under this Liberal Government, with only 54.5 per cent of school leavers fully engaged in work, further education or training.

“Labor’s plan for education contains initiatives that will put mental health workers in all schools and provide career education to help students reach their full potential.”

Source: Tasmanian Times https://www.tasmaniantimes.com/2021/02/extension-of-year-11-12-to-more-schools/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=extension-of-year-11-12-to-more-schools

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