The Years 9 to 12 Project was established as a result of the 2016 Review of Years 9 to 12 Tasmania by the Australian Council for Educational Research which outlined a range of opportunities and recommendations to improve attendance, retention and attainment outcomes for students in Tasmania.
The purpose of the Years 9 to 12 Project is to enable all students to achieve their potential through Years 9 to 12 and beyond in further study, training and employment, and is a joint initiative of Catholic Education Tasmania, Independent Schools Tasmania, the Department of Education, TasTAFE, the University of Tasmania, Skills Tasmania and the Office of Tasmanian Assessment, Standards and Certification.
We are committed to supporting every learner every day. We have a responsibility to our learners to provide them with the tools to live a fulfilling and productive life. To achieve this, positive wellbeing is a critical component. Support and guidance will be available to inform improvement planning regarding the Wellbeing Goal.
The Tasmanian Agricultural Education Framework – Grow, Make, Protect (PDF, 935KB) has been developed to provide an overview of agricultural education in Tasmanian schools from Kindergarten to Year 12. This work has been a collaboration between DPIPWE, DoE and the Hagley Farm School: Centre for Agricultural Education.
This initiative is providing more choice to students undertaking Years 11 and 12 at their local high school. The State Government is also breaking down the perception that education finishes in Year 10 and building the ambition for even more Tasmanian students to want to complete Year 12.
The program is supporting schools, families and communities to help foster healthy choices, (physical, social and emotional), to create positive outcomes and a culture of lifelong learning.
Primary School Nurses focus on Kindergarten assessments, hearing and vision screening, developmental checks, local/state/national health promotion initiatives, targeted screening and health education aligned with the Australian Curriculum. Secondary School Nurses focus on health education aligned with the Australian Curriculum, including healthy relationships, mental health and wellbeing, body image, nutrition, local/state and national health promotion initiatives, targeted screening and positive parenting programs.
The review of the Education Act has been undertaken in the context of Tasmania’s social and economic challenges and the role improving educational outcomes can have in addressing those challenges.
Key changes in our education reforms include:
- extending the compulsory years of education and training including allowing early access to Prep
- more teachers and support staff in our schools
- upgrades to school infrastructure.
These important reforms will improve education results in Tasmania and help close the gap, where currently Tasmanian students can receive up to two years less education than their interstate counterparts.
Respectful Relationships Education
The Tasmanian Department of Education maintains a whole-of-system, research based approach to developing and maintaining respectful relationships education. An essential element of the Tasmanian Government’s Safe Homes, Safe Families Action Plan has been the development of an extensive range of resources targeted at supporting schools, communities and individuals to understand why family violence occurs and how to reduce the occurrence of it.
At the centre of this initiative will be an online and publicly available resource identifying strategies, processes and skills to guide schools and communities in the explicit teaching of respectful relationships. The resources are designed to support school communities model positive environments and appropriate behaviours in which individuals know, understand and engage in equitable and respectful relationships.
Respectful Relationships Education ensures that all Tasmanian communities value a culture of respect.
Great Start is an Early Years web portal that provides easy to access information about the early years programs offered through the Department of Education. It includes links to a range of video support resources to assist parents in supporting their child.
Supporting children and their families in the early years can set them on a path of wellbeing and success throughout their lives.
As part of the Tasmanian Government’s Resetting the Relationship with the Aboriginal community in Tasmania agenda, the Department of Education has taken the lead on Priority Two: Introduce a focus on Tasmanian Aboriginal History and Culture into the delivery of the Australian Curriculum.
A number of professional learning videos with accompanying learning tasks are now available to schools from the Aboriginal Education Services page.
The purpose of this priority is to raise awareness and improve understanding of Tasmanian Aboriginal histories and cultures in schools and to raise aspirations for levels of attainment and further education for Aboriginal students.
In recognition of the importance of early play-based learning in improving life outcomes for our children, the Government is funding the delivery of the Working Together for 3 Year Olds – targeted pre-school initiative. The initiative will be available for eligible children with the greatest need, with access being guided by a set of criteria to include children who are three years old by 1 January in any year from 2020 (i.e. the year before Kindergarten).