Helping our Tassie kids outsmart the rest. We want the very best and brightest graduates to feel confident that a career as a teacher will be appropriately respected and remunerated.
We agree in principle with the following parts of the Australian Education Union’s ‘Quality Education Plan’.
We need more educators in our schools/colleges
- 250 additional teachers
JLN Point of Interest
Additional teachers based on each school’s individual needs. The JLN supports more specialised teachers in the areas of Inclusive Education and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).
In 2014 the Liberal government slashed public service jobs, including 100 teachers. Tasmania is still 68 teachers short.
- The JLN supports student teachers completing more practical work experience in real school settings. Second year student teachers would be required to complete up to 20 hours in a Teacher Assistant role per week. The state government should contribute to the payment of each student’s degree as compensation for this work.
- Increased Professional support staff
JLN Point of Interest
Students are increasingly needing access to Speech and Language Therapists, and Occupational Therapists. Early intervention is critical, current waiting times are exacerbating the situation.
- Tasmania has the second highest rate of children committing suicide in Australia, we need an appropriate ratio of school psychologists, social workers and school counsellors to meet the diverse needs of today’s students.
- Support Staff
JLN Point of Interest
Second year student teachers would also contribute to supporting teachers while gaining valuable experience and knowledge for teacher mentors.
- More Laboratory Technicians to keep pace with the increasing number of students undertaking STEAM subjects
To have time to focus on our students, educators need
- Principals suitably remunerated and not part of the staffing formula for staffing
- Reforms to the reporting and assessment process to reduce red tape
- A genuine focus on the mental health and wellbeing of all school staff
- Funding to support the transition of students from primary to high school and high school to college.
Outside of parent support, the most effective way to lift the quality of our children's education is to lift the quality and status of teachers and educational leaders. We want teaching to attract the very best, because our children deserve to be taught by the very best.
We want to see teachers given every opportunity to succeed. They have a tremendously difficult job and they deserve a salary that reflects that. We think the role of teacher should be a prestigious one, and the only way for that to happen is more pay and more training.
- Support Staff
The JLN plans to:
- Raise entry requirements to study teaching at university.
- Phase in standards requiring all new teachers from 2025 to have a postgraduate-equivalent, five-year degree qualification.
- The move will inform future pay negotiations, making Tasmania’s teachers the most respected, well-paid, highly-qualified teachers in the country.
Education funding is critical to achieving Quality Education
We need a commitment that a future state government commits to funding 75% of the Schools Resource Standard and will exert pressure on the federal government to get Tasmanian public schools funded to 100% of the Schooling Resource Standard.
TasTAFE has been critically mismanaged.
We need a comprehensive review of the operation’s financial performance, training accreditation and statistics, performance ranking with other states, utilisation of resources and governance.
- TAFE in Tasmania has been damaged by successive years of under-funding, and increased allocation of public funding to private for-profit providers, flyby nighters.
Since 2012, the private provider share of government funding has increased by close to 11%. This has been a direct diversion of public funding from TAFE to private for-profit providers.
- In Tasmania, 40% of public funding is allocated contestably. This means that TAFE has been forced to engage in a race to the bottom in its efforts to deliver high quality vocational education in the state.
- Between 2011 and 2016, the amount of funding allocated to private providers has increased by 79%.
- Between 2012 and 2016, TAFE delivery has declined by 30%, and private provider hours of delivery have increased by 11%.
Social and Emotional Learning
Disruptive classroom behaviour is becoming a serious issue in Tasmanian schools and many of these serious social, emotional, behavioural and health issues are preventable. Australian and international research clearly shows that when social and emotional learning programs are taught as part of the curriculum in the form of a core subject in primary schools; children do much better.
Social and emotional learning programs improve academic performance and significantly reduce the risk emotional and mental health problems, bullying and substance abuse later in life.
The JLN supports the recommendations of Rural Health Tasmania’s preventative health initiative to introduce regular classes as part of the curriculum on social and emotional wellbeing, with a specific focus on supporting better mental health.
We will work with teachers and educators to support them to deliver the social and emotional learning programs and provide them with the appropriate professional development and resources necessary for the successful implementation of social and emotional learning programs in Tasmanian schools.
AEU Quality Education Plan.
Valuing teachers and lifting status of teachers in the community.
Training our teachers, paying them more and lifting their status.
The world is watching Australia’s decline in school’s education. We know how to fix it, but the parents must listen.