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Labor’s bold 7-12 policy to empower school communities, improve student options

  • High schools and colleges to work collaboratively to assist students
  • Labor policy draws on Government report, which has been ignored by Libs
  • Commitment to regional year 11-12, stopping early starting age, pathway planning, review of levies pressures and disability funding review

Students will enrol once in Year 7 to the end of Year 12, across both high schools and college campuses under a Labor Majority Government.

Shadow Education Minister Michelle O’Byrne said Labor’s policy draws on the recommendations of the Liberal Government’s own $250,000 ACER 9-12 Report, which has been shoved in the bottom drawer.

“Labor’s policy will ensure that regardless of which local school a student is attending they will have the opportunity to study the full range of subjects at their multi-campus school,” Ms O’Byrne said.

“It also adopts innovative learnings from the teganna Collective – led by Rosny College on Hobart’s Eastern Shore.

“There are also many examples across the country including in non-Government schools in Tasmania where properly resourced, networked, multi-campus schools are successful.

“Labor will work with school communities to empower principals, parent groups and students to set themselves up for success until year 12 and beyond, wherever they study.

“Labor began the extension of regional high schools to years 11 and 12 and we will not be winding this policy back.

“However, our policy will ensure that students who choose to study at extension schools are not disadvantaged, either in course choice or their ability to transition to higher learning.

“A Labor Government will also tackle the rising cost of living pressures from school levies, uniforms and additional fees and charges for public education are placing many families under increasing financial stress by reviewing the costs to families of government education.”

The announcements come after Labor committed to building six new Child and Family Centres in the next term of government.

“The evidence is indisputable. Child and Family Centres deliver brilliant outcomes and more communities in Tasmania deserve access to them,” Ms O’Byrne said.

“The new centres will be built in order of priority as identified by the Kids Come First report which measures social disadvantage, educational attainment and health outcomes.

“It is Labor’s alternative to the Liberal government’s unnecessary, unwanted and needless plan to lower Tasmania’s school starting age.

“Labor will redirect the funds earmarked to lower the school starting age to pay for initiatives that genuinely increase access and participation in early learning – such as CFCs,” Ms O’Byrne said.

A Labor Government will also put pathway planning back into schools support students when planning for their futures and will fund a review to transition away from the outdated IQ model for students with a disability and special needs.

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