Years 9-12 Project Review Report
The Years 9 to 12 Project was initiated in response to the 2016 Review of Years 9 to 12 Tasmania by the Australian Council for Educational Research.
The Review of Years 9 to 12 Tasmania Report made several recommendations to improve student attendance, retention and attainment outcomes:
- Take a holistic approach to system and sector improvements
- Review and update the formal curriculum, assessment, reporting and accreditation requirements
- Consider the multi-establishment of multi-campus schools
- Initiate regular long-term strategies to change public perceptions about the value of school education and Vocational Education and Training (VET) in schools
- Implement a development strategy to support the rejuvenation of the workforce and potentially, the implementation of multi-campus schools
- Improve the status of VET and Vocational Learning (VL) in schools through community involvement in the development of a future vision and associated implementation strategy
- Re-evaluate the nature and use of data collected.
The Minister for Education and Training endorsed all recommendations except Recommendation 3: Consider the establishment of multi-campus schools as the Extension Schools initiative delivers a similar outcome in terms of increasing accessibility of Years 11–12 education to all students regardless of where a student is located in Tasmania.
Years 9–12 Project Workshop Report
On 19–20 February 2018, a workshop was held in Hobart to bring together key representatives from all education sectors including principals and teachers from Tasmanian government schools, Catholic Education Tasmania, and Independent Schools Tasmania, the Office of Tasmanian Assessment, Standards and Certification, Skills Tasmania, TasTAFE, and University of Tasmania to discuss a way to implement the recommendations of the Years 9 to 12 Review.
Discussions from the workshop were captured in the Years 9-12 Review Workshops Report (Lambert, 2018) which made the following recommendations:
- The curriculum for Years 9 to 12 students is developed based on a developmental model from Years 9 through to Year 12 that is sufficiently flexible to enable multiple pathways regardless of where students are undertaking their schooling in Tasmania.
- The Australian Curriculum’s general capabilities and Core Skills for Work be embedded, where relevant, in Years 9 to 12 courses.
- A Years 9 to 12 Project Team (representing and supported by the key stakeholders) or alternative mechanism/approach be formed to ensure close coordination of the work is undertaken by the different working groups.
- A working group be formed for each of the following major work streams: curriculum and assessment (with the VET working group as a sub-group); workforce support; accreditation and certification.
- The work undertaken by these groups be guided by a strategic plan endorsed by the Steering Committee.
- Information collected through the workshops be used as the basis for the development of a comprehensive Years 9 to 12 Strategic Plan.
- VET be recognised as having equivalent status to other curriculum provisions and that promotional and marketing strategies are developed to reflect this status.
- While it is recognised that current circumstances limit the provision of VET as an “on demand” provision in all schools, that strategic planning is undertaken to extend VET for a universal provision ensuring that regardless of where a student is located she/he will access VET should that support future pathway choices.
- In addition to other intended areas, the forthcoming VET Forum addresses the following three areas:
- Short and long-term planning for access to VET and VL for school students
- Setting VET and VL targets and provision across Tasmania with an aim for increased provision/access
- Establishing/increasing and supporting Industry-school partnerships in VET and VL.