NEW STAFF: Tasmanian Principals Association executive member Brett Youd with Minister for Education and Training Jeremy Rockliff. Picture: Lachlan Bennett

NEW STAFF: Tasmanian Principals Association executive member Brett Youd with Minister for Education and Training Jeremy Rockliff. Picture: Lachlan Bennett

Regional Tasmanian schools prioritised in placement of 113 new teachers

Regional schools get priority in the placement of 113 new teachers in Tasmania

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The Tasmanian government has secured 113 new teachers as part of its latest recruitment campaign.

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Schools across Tasmania will welcome 113 new teachers from the start of next year following a government recruitment campaign.

The distribution of the teachers has not been finalised, however, Tasmanian education minister Jeremy Rockliff said regional schools and "hard to staff" areas would be prioritised.

"It's great that we've got many enthusiastic people that want to commit in what is a profession that can make an enormous positive difference to the future of Tasmania and individual lives and communities" - Tasmanian education minister Jeremy Rockliff

"Teachers make a difference every single day and we want to attract the best and brightest to work in our schools to ensure Tasmania has a job ready generation of young people with the skills to succeed in life," he said.

The new recruits will join 69 others who started this year as part of the state government's plan to hire 250 new teachers by 2025.

The first round of recruitment attracted more than 600 applications but there was only half that figure for the second round.

But Mr Rockliff said that was still an "exceptional response" that included "a large number of high quality applications outlining a diverse range of skills, experience and specialisations".

"It's great that we've got many enthusiastic people that want to commit in what is a profession that can make an enormous positive difference to the future of Tasmania and individual lives and communities," he said.

The government has since launched a multimedia advertising campaign to try and attract more people into the profession from across Tasmania and interstate.

The Teach Tasmania campaign showcases the benefits of the profession, the state's livability and career opportunities, such as intern scholarships.

East Devonport Primary School benefited from the government's recruitment campaign, with a new teacher joining its staff at the beginning of 2019.

Principal and Tasmanian Principals Association executive member Brett Youd said it had become harder to recruit teachers.

"And that's why principals are very supportive of this plan to try and bring in extra teachers from outside of the system...," he said.

Mr Youd and Mr Rockliff both said the extended industrial dispute of education staff this year had not made it harder to recruit.

The story Regional Tasmanian schools prioritised in placement of 113 new teachers first appeared on The Examiner.

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