Deadline for year 11 plans hard to meet

A TIGHT deadline and lack of community support led a number of Northern regional high schools not to express interest in offering year 11 next year.

The 28 Tasmanian regional high schools had until yesterday to express interest in offering Year 11 in 2015, after a month's notice from Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff.

Some schools cited the time frame as a problem, saying they had been unable to meet with their communities, or had held last-minute meetings this week in an attempt to make an informed decision by the deadline.

Deloraine High School principal Craig Brown confirmed his school would not apply in the first round, pending a meeting of the school association in June.

"We couldn't get our community consultation done in the time frame," he said.

Campbell Town District High School principal Stephen Plowright said the school was interested, but said a decision would not be made before the school association's meeting in two weeks' time.

"A final decision will be made then, but we won't be ready to do it next year," he said.

Lilydale District High School assistant principal Damian Breen said the school had not expressed interest, after a community meeting on Wednesday.

The school already offers a post-year 10 course to around 40 students, with a mixture of vocational and TCE subjects, he said, and the town's proximity to colleges in Launceston meant it was not a pressing concern for their students.

Schools that expressed interest will be visited by education department staff to discuss their plans for Year 11 in 2015 and Year 12 in 2016, and a task force will recommend just four to Mr Rockliff by late June.


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