There is no doubt that Tasmanian teachers have a huge impact on our young people’s lives. To quote Hobart College student, Leyna Doi who wrote in her recent piece for the What Matters writing competition: “As the world evolves, teachers are vital in guiding students and preparing them for the future.”
The Tasmanian Liberal Government has taken an innovative approach to building a teaching workforce of talented professionals who are capable of doing just what Emily so articulately describes.
We recognise that it is important that we continue to increase the number of teachers in our schools, but also that we continue to focus on the quality of teachers to drive school improvement and improve student learning. By developing and supporting Tasmania’s education workforce we are investing in the future of Tasmania as a whole. But this is not a job that the Tasmanian government can do alone.
Partnering and working collaboratively with the University of Tasmania, the Teacher’s Registration Board, the Tasmanian Principal’s Association, the Australian Education Union and the Peter Underwood Centre, is critical to understanding and responding to workforce needs. This group of expert education leaders forms the Education Workforce Roundtable to advise, and partner with, the Department of Education to implement a number of strategies to build a skilled education workforce.
A key output of the Roundtable, established in 2018 is the More Teachers, Quality Teaching Action Plan. It focuses on building a strong foundation and a future-ready workforce, attracting dedicated educators to Tasmania, designing quality teacher training programs and support for those early in their career, developing effective recruitment processes and internships, and developing tailored professional learning opportunities.
We have just launched our 2021 recruitment campaign, aiming to attract the most talented teachers to our state, with a particular focus on recruiting staff to those public schools in regional, rural and high-priority locations. To support this recruitment process we have improved how we assess for quality teaching attributes, as we continue to deliver on our commitment to employ 250 more teachers by 2023-24.
The roundtable is also raising awareness of the great work of our teachers and celebrating the unique lifestyle that being a teacher in Tasmania can offer. In 2019, we launched the Teach Tasmania promotional campaign to bring attention to the benefits of being a teacher in a Tasmanian public school.
I am excited by what the future holds for public education in Tasmania. We are in a time of rapid change, innovation and opportunity. Our understanding of what great teaching and learning looks like is continually growing, making the future look even more promising for our learners to flourish into curious, connected and creative thinkers.
- Jeremy Rockliff, Tasmanian Education Minister
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