Embedding a Culture of Lifelong Learning

Tasmanian Education Partnership

Labor recognises that education and training is the foundation of economic participation and drives economic growth in the state

That is why it is critical that education initiatives are supported beyond political cycles.

Labor will establish the Tasmanian Education Partnership which will bring together respected education experts, parent groups, education peak bodies including disability education, industry and workforce representatives together with representatives from each political party and an independent member of the Upper House.

The Tasmanian Education Partnership will inform the objectives of the Department of Education.

By having political representation in the Tasmanian Education Partnership it will ensure that incoming political parties are bound by the long term evidence based strategy endorsed by the Partnership.

This will allow teachers to focus on students and not new and different education strategies when government’s or Minister’s change.

Labor’s Early Years Guarantee

Labor does not support lowering the school starting age.

A Labor Government would instead have a genuine conversation with communities about the barriers that families face in accessing early learning.

Labor has identified the need to invest in new early childhood teachers and the Early Childhood Intervention Service from funding previously set aside to lower the school starting age.

The implementation of further solutions that address the needs of families and communities will be informed through consultation.

Cost: $23.19 million

Invest in Six New Child and Family Centres

A Labor Government will build six new Child and Family Centres in its first term. Child and Family Centres have transformed the lives of children and their families by giving them better access to learning, health services and support.

They are tailored to meet the needs of their individual communities, including pregnancy and parenting support, child and family health, oral health, immunisation, nutrition, early childhood education and adult literacy.

Labor has identified Sorell, the northern suburbs of Launceston, Smithton, Latrobe and Mornington/Warrane as the first five locations for these new centres.

Cost: $27 million

Pathway Planning

Labor knows how important Pathway Planning is for giving students the skills they need to make crucial life decisions about their future.

That is why Labor will make sure that our students have access to quality Pathway Planning throughout their education as well as their transition to further education, training or work.

Labor’s commitment will employ 17 pathway planning staff in consultation with schools to ensure there are strong transitions for our students.

Cost: $14 million

Learning Communities

Labor believes that all Tasmanian students should have access to the highest quality education no matter where they live.

A Labor Government will not wind back year 11 and 12 in extension schools, but we will ensure that students are not disadvantaged in course choice or their ability to transition to higher learning.

Labor understands that distance is a barrier for some students to continue their education. That is why when in government we facilitated the extension of rural high schools to year 12.

We are also strong believers in a vibrant and fully funded Tasmanian public college system and the opportunities it provides to students. Labor believes that there is a better way for schools to deliver improved outcomes and clear pathways for students in their learning journey than simply extending all schools to years 11 and 12.

That is why Labor will introduce Learning Communities, a multi-campus network of local schools.

This model will build on the experience of the teganna Collective on Hobart’s Eastern Shore, which was an organic, community led response to the Liberals’ one size fits all policy.

Labor knows that many schools and communities are already working collaboratively and wants to enhance and formalise this.

Students will enrol once in year 7 through to year 12 at a multi-campus school and will be able to access a full range of course options.

It is critical that local communities have a say in driving what their particular Learning Community looks like.

The design of each Learning Community will be led by an Executive Principal working with the local community together engaging with key stakeholders including Child and Family Centres, Trade Training Centres, schools, colleges, Industry Advisory Councils and TasTAFE.

Cost: $7 million

Continuous improvement

Labor wants to ensure that no students have been disadvantaged as a result of the extension of schools to year 11 and 12 and to evaluate whether the rollout has achieved stated aims and assess whether pathways are being achieved.

Labor will conduct a comprehensive audit of the rollout and make the results public in our first year in government.

Cost: $100,000

Alternative education

Labor recognises that not all students learn in the same way.

We also know that jobs today may not be the same for students when they finish their studies.

That is why a Labor Government will work with school communities and principals to trial evidence based education models that have been successful in getting students to re-engage, increasing participation and achievement at school.

Labor wants to equip all our young people with the diversity of skills they need to adapt to the jobs of the future.

Keeping students healthy

A Labor Government will give school nurses more career options within the health system by moving them into the Tasmanian Health Service.

School nurses will be able to deliver care for Tasmanian children alongside Child and Parent Health nurses and be better integrated into Child and Family Centres.

School nurses will perform sight and hearing checks on every Tasmanian student aged between five and nine.

Labor wants all children to be able to access these important services so we will work with Catholic Education and private schools to deliver the program through shared funding.

There will be no additional cost to this program.

Active Kids for Active Communities

By joining a sporting club, young Tasmanians and their families have a chance to engage with positive role models, establish new friendships and become actively involved in their communities.

Labor understands that all too often, the cost of membership fees and new equipment prevents some children from participating. That is why, in our first year of Government, Labor will direct the Communities, Sport and Recreation Tasmania Division to establish a 12 month ‘Active Kids – Active Communities’ pilot program.

Cost $150,000