Northern high schools prepare to extend to grades 11 and 12 in 2017

EXTENDING SCHOOLS: Eighteen high schools across Tasmania are preparing to extend to grades 11 and 12 at the start of this school year.
EXTENDING SCHOOLS: Eighteen high schools across Tasmania are preparing to extend to grades 11 and 12 at the start of this school year.

A limited number of the level three subjects needed to enter university will be offered when the new batch of Northern high schools extend to grades 11 and 12 in 2017, initial listings reveal.

But each of the extended high schools will offer level two and vocational education subjects, which are useful to students wanting to take a non-university path. 

This year, 18 more high schools will extend to grades 11 and 12 – Cressy District High School, Lilydale District School, and Port Dalrymple School in the North. 

The Education Department has now released a subject list for the extended schools, and while this is not a comprehensive and final list, it shows many extended high schools will not offer level three subjects initially. 

An updated list is coming soon. 

Launceston and Newstead colleges will still offer a mix of level two, three, and vocational education courses. 

Students need to have completed at least four level three subjects to be awarded their Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, and enter into university after grade 12. 

It is expected that more level three subjects will be added for grade 12 students next year.

At this stage, no new Northern extended high schools will offer level three subjects, but this could change before school resumes. 

Lilydale District School will offer subjects such as a Certificate II in agriculture and in horticulture. 

Port Dalrymple School is set to offer a Certificate II in automotive vocational preparation and in engineering pathways. 

The Education Department has revealed teacher numbers at the schools would be based on student numbers and would be in line with the same system as used by colleges.

At a minimum, each school would receive a 0.5 full time equivalent advanced skills teacher and one base grade teacher full-time equivalent position.

For the schools delivering vocational education and training courses, a 0.25 full-time equivalent position will also be available.

An Education Department spokesperson said the courses were expected to change and develop over time.

“It is important to remember that students now have more study options available that ever before and are able to choose the best option that suits their needs and pathway,” the spokesperson said. 

“Recognising the diverse school communities across the state, schools have developed a variety of innovative models that include schools creating virtual classrooms connecting to college classes, working directly with colleges, as well as offering courses so students can achieve their Tasmanian Certificate of Education at their local school.”