From 2015, Year 7 will become the first year of high school in Queensland. Moving Year 7 is a significant reform that will benefit students at all Queensland schools.
By 2015, more than half the students in Year 7 will turn 13. Educators agree that young teenagers at this age are ready for greater independence and the depth of learning that high schools provide.
In high school, Year 7 students will have access to specialist resources, such as science labs and science teachers, and they will be able to keep pace with students in other states and territories where Year 7 is already the first year of high school. Queensland Year 7 students will also be better positioned to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the new Australian Curriculum as it is rolled out over coming years.