It's off to school for 42,000 Territorians

Media release, 29 January 2008

It's off to school for about 42,200 young Territorians with the commencement of the 2008 school year on Wednesday 30 January or Thursday 31 January.

It will be a particularly exciting time for the thousands of youngsters starting school for the first time.

Some 25,700 pre- and primary, 9500 middle school and about 7000 secondary students are expected to attend the Territory's 191 public and independent schools this year.

The success of the Territory's teacher recruitment for 2008 has ensured that every class will have a teacher.

2008 marks the start of the full Middle Years and Senior Years program in NT government schools. The initiative is part of the Governments $88.7 million Building Better Schools campaign and is designed to make our schools and students the best they can be.

The Middle Years and Senior Years curriculum will deliver a stronger focus on literacy and numeracy, more support for students and better pathways to tertiary education and vocational education and training.

2008 also marks the beginning of compulsory school uniforms in Government schools. The Government's new Compulsory School Uniforms Policy requires all students from Transition to Year 9 will be required to wear a school council approved school uniform.

The NT Government's $50 Back to School Payment Scheme continues this year, and in coming weeks, schools will receive $50 vouchers for parents or guardians of Territory students from Transition to Year 12.