$160,000 to extend to year 11

Liberal MLC Vanessa Goodwin

Liberal MLC Vanessa Goodwin

STATE high schools extending to year 11 next year under the Liberals' school retention plan will receive more than $160,000 to fund the changes.

The first year of the Liberal government's four-year $45 million school retention plan has a budget allocation of more than $650,000.

Two of the first six schools will receive extra budget funding for one full-time and one part-time teacher, and an additional $10,000 cash grant, while the remaining partnership schools will share these resources.

Independent Apsley MLC Tania Rattray raised budget questions in the Legislative Council yesterday, and asked what the individual budget for each participating school would be.

Scottsdale and Smithton high schools will each receive $53,182 in funding for a part-time advanced skills teacher, $106,363 for a full-time teacher, and the $10,000 cash grant.

This is on top of the normal funding that colleges receive for each enrolled student.

The schools acting in partnership, including St Helens and St Marys district high schools, and Huonville and Dover district high schools, will share those resources.

In these arrangements Liberal MLC Vanessa Goodwin said the host school would receive a slightly higher wage rating for its part-time advanced skills teacher.

"While the program will predominantly operate on one campus there are processes of consultation and organisation across two campuses," she said.

"The host school will have management oversight of the program."

Students will be able to choose from maths, science and English classes, VET certificates in aquaculture, and business studies.

For the St Helens and St Marys district schools video conferencing classes are expected to take place with Newstead College in Launceston. In four years each school will be resourced to hire up to five new teachers.

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