Wednesday, 28 November 2012

School Finishing Day



Department of Education Media Release

28 November 2012






Mark Watson
Department of Education, Manager (Employee Relations)



The situation for this year is that for schools in isolated areas, teachers and students will finish on Thursday 20 December 2012. This is one day earlier than urban schools for teachers and the same day as urban schools for students. In urban schools, teachers finish Friday 21 December and students finish Thursday 20 December 2012.

This is consistent with the conditions in the Teachers Award and is also consistent with advice provided to all schools over 12 months ago.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

School Attendance



Department of Education Media Release

21 November 2012






Liz Banks
Deputy Secretary Department of Education
 



Tasmania performs very well in relation to student attendance compared to other jurisdictions, particularly in relation to the early years.

The 2012 Report on Government Services shows that Tasmania has recorded either top or equal top for all year levels (year 1 to year 10) across other states and territories, apart from year 9 (Tasmania recorded equal second) and year 10 (Tasmania recorded equal third).

Ensuring children attend school is a shared responsibility. Parents have an important role in prioritising school attendance, and schools support with appropriate curriculum and supportive school environments.

The department continues to work on this important issue and has a range of strategies for following up unexplained absences and attendance issues.

At a school-level, there are various strategies for following up unexplained absences and attendance issues including phoning home, using SMS and social workers.

Prosecution of parents is a last resort.

There is always room for improvement and a more systematic approach to school attendance will benefit all students including students at risk.

The department has reviewed the legal issues and options around unexplained absenteeism in order to work with parents to increase their accountability in this area.

It is parents’ legal responsibility to ensure their children attend school.

Children deserve an education – it is through education that children can have a positive future.

Schools record attendance data regularly and the Department also monitors attendance data throughout the year.

TasTAFE Information Sessions



Department of Education Media Release

19 November 2012





Malcolm Wells
Deputy Secretary Department of Education
 



Education Department Deputy Secretary Malcolm Wells said today that the second round of staff information sessions are being held across the state over the next few days and next week.

“The aim of the sessions is to give Polytechnic and Tasmanian Skills Institute staff an opportunity to obtain information and engage in discussion about the implementation process and creation of the new entity, TasTAFE.

“Feedback from the sessions will be collated and will be used to inform the work of the relevant working groups,” he said.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

iPads


Department of Education Media Release

20 November 2012

 
 
 
Liz Banks
Deputy Secretary Department of Education




Education Department Deputy Secretary Liz Banks said today that schools purchase a range of information communication technology devices that meet their students’ learning needs.

 “In some schools, students own devices are also used as learning tools.

 “Tasmanian Government schools have purchased a wide range of technology including iPads to use in their teaching and learning programs.

 Ms Banks said that government school students are not expected to purchase their own iPads for use in the classroom.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Gambling Support


Department of Education Media Release

15 November 2012

  
Liz Banks
Deputy Secretary Department of Education



Education Department Deputy Secretary Liz Banks said today that schools have structures in place to support students and their families if gambling is an issue.

“Schools are provided with resource materials including the National Safe and Supportive Schools Framework and the Tasmanian Curriculum’s Health and Wellbeing syllabus.

“These assist teachers and school staff to identify and respond where there is a risk of gambling related harm,” she said.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

School Levies


Department of Education Media Release

13 November 2012

 
 
 
ANDREW FINCH
Deputy Secretary Department of Education


Levies are set by individual schools in consultation with their school communities, Education Department Deputy Secretary Andrew Finch said today.

“School communities set their own levies according to the specific education programs being undertaken.

“Levies contribute to the costs of a student’s education program including learning materials and stationery, school excursions, visiting performances and school camps.

“How schools set levies and collect them is determined in conjunction with their school community,” he said.

Mr Finch said that low income families are able to apply for exemption from levies through the Student Assistance Scheme (STAS).

Friday, 9 November 2012

School Capacity


 Department of Education Media Release

9 November 2012

 
 
 
ANDREW FINCH
Deputy Secretary Department of Education



Education Department Deputy Secretary Andrew Finch said today under the department’s School Enrolment Policy, a principal must ensure that all school-aged children are able to enrol in their home area school.

“The department monitors the capacity of all schools and keeps track of enrolment trends over time to ensure that any problems with capacity can be addressed before it impacts on the families wishing to enrol in their local school,” he said.

Weather Warning


 Department of Education Media Release

9 November 2012

 
 
 
ANDREW FINCH
Deputy Secretary Department of Education



Education Department Deputy Secretary Andrew Finch said today following discussions with the State Emergency Service, schools, colleges, child care centres, LINC’s and the Tasmania Polytechnic were advised to continue business as usual following the storm warnings that were issued by the Bureau of Meteorology.

“Staff and students were not required to vacate any of our buildings and were advised to monitor the weather warnings if a storm broke out in their area and keep students indoors in break periods,” he said.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Demolition of former Rocherlea Primary School


  Department of Education Media Release

6 November 2012

 
 
 
ANDREW FINCH
Deputy Secretary Department of Education



Education Department Deputy Secretary Andrew Finch said today that the recommendation to offer Vic State Demolition the tender to demolish the former Rocherlea Primary School followed the Government’s Procurement Policy and offered the best value for money.

Mr Finch said the Evaluation Panel assessed all submissions against the Tender Evaluation Criteria and the company met all the criteria to the highest standard.

“A key aspect of the demolition works will be the capacity to recycle building materials and minimisation of waste to landfill.

“Vic State Demolition has a history of undertaking demolition works in the Tasmania and have confirmed that a local civil company is being used for concrete crushing and local labour is being employed on the project,” he said.

Mr Finch said that Vic State Demolition has also confirmed its intention to use other local resources where possible.

“In the meantime, the property has been removed from the market while the demolition occurs and will be readvertised by the Department of Treasury and Finance on completion of the project.

“It is expected that the demolition works will be completed by the end of December 2012,” Mr Finch said.

Principals Agreement


   Department of Education Media Release

6 November 2012

 
 
 
ANDREW FINCH
Deputy Secretary Department of Education



Education Department Deputy Secretary Andrew Finch said today that the Department of Education is in negotiations with the Australian Education Union and the Tasmanian Principals Association on a new Principals Agreement.

“The new agreement incorporates the inclusion in salary of the longstanding Principals Leadership Allowance resulting in no overall increase in remuneration for principals.

“It is anticipated that the new agreement will be in place by 1 January 2013,” Mr Finch said.