New appointment marks the start of major project to help increase Year 12 completion

Media Release

17th November 2016

The Beacon Foundation is excited to announce the appointment of David Rose as Project Director of its major collaborative education project, which gets underway in Tasmania in early 2017. This five year initiative aims to increase Year 12 attainment in six Tasmanian schools from around 50% to 90%.

David is heading to Tasmania from Sydney to take up the position. A former teacher in Tasmania, and CEO of a not for profit organisation, David comes to the role with a wealth of knowledge and experience that will help Beacon move into innovative territory.

The Collaborative Education Pilot Program, funded by the Paul Ramsay Foundation and the Tasmanian State Government, will see intensive focus on Year 12 attainment in secondary schools that need it most. The investment of $10 million dollars from the Paul Ramsay Foundation, the biggest philanthropic organisation in Australia, is the most significant amount ever provided by a private donor to public education in Tasmania. The State Government is contributing $5 million to the initiative. David Rose says,

  “I’m thrilled to be working with the Beacon Foundation, which has such a great reputation for helping young Australians find their pathway to further education, training, and into employment.

 “This new project will focus on addressing one of Tasmania’s most pressing issues, which is low Year 12 attainment and as a former teacher here, it’s something I am passionate about.”

 For Beacon Foundation CEO Scott Harris, the appointment marks the formal beginning of an ambitious project, which could not only see an increase in year 12 attainment in Tasmania, but around the country.

 “David will be heading up one of the most transformative education partnerships ever to be delivered.

“We are truly excited to be bringing into the public education system increased resources that will allow further development of the Beacon methodology through co-construction with local communities. The model will enhance the State Government’s MyEducation framework, with a clear aim to lift the aspiration and motivations of young Tasmanians. Central to this is students’ regular exposure to Industry while at school.”

Mr Rose will head up the project which, in 2017, will roll out into three Tasmanian schools. Another three will take part in 2018. Beacon staff will work within the chosen schools. Each of these staff will have responsibility for a different sector – students’ families; the business sector; and the community around the school. In this way, the project will off a holistic approach to education.

The Beacon Foundation and Tasmania’s Department of Education are working together on this very important project.

Secretary of the Department, Jenny Gale, welcomes the appointment, saying:

I would like to congratulate David Rose in his appointment to the role of Project Director for the Collaborative Education Pilot Program. This is a critical step in the implementation of this exciting program.

“The Department of Education recognises the huge opportunity that is been offered through this joint program between the Beacon Foundation, the Paul Ramsay Foundation and the State Government, as we support our young people to get the best possible outcomes from their education.”

Mr Rose begins his employment with the Beacon Foundation mid-November, 2016.


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