All students Australia-wide must complete Year 10 of study. After Year 10 and until they turn 17, students must be either in school full-time, in approved education or training such as TAFE, traineeship or apprenticeship, or in full-time paid employment.
The minimum school leaving age has been raised to age 17 to ensure school leavers have the opportunity to maximise their preparation for further education, training, employment or a combination of these.
Australian and international research demonstrates that people with higher levels of schooling are more likely to make a successful transition to further education, training, or work.
The research also demonstrates that early school leavers are two and a half times more likely to be unemployed, earn lower wages and have poorer quality of life outcomes; and that those who do not leave school early generally enjoy enhanced life choices and better economic and social outcomes.
Exemptions will only be granted where the school principal considers that the student is a suitable candidate to complete his or her education through an apprenticeship or traineeship, that the student has written permission from his / her parents for this to occur.
The employer also needs to agree to notify the Department of Education and Training in writing through the school principal if the apprenticeship or traineeship is abandoned or cancelled before the student turns 17.
In Australia, higher education is the sector that offers university-level education, at degree level and above. The Commonwealth, state and territory governments share responsibility for the sector.
Higher education courses are those leading to the award of an associate degree, bachelors degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, masters degree or doctoral degree. Some courses leading to the award of a diploma may also be accredited as higher education courses.
School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships provide a pathway for students to successfully transition from school to work. The apprenticeships and traineeships aim to provide students with an increased ability to perform in the workplace, leading to increased career choices and opportunities to transition from school to full-time apprenticeships, employment or further education and training.
The Vocational Education in Schools (VETiS) Program gives students the opportunity to try a profession while still at school. By participating in VETis students learn about the skills and the requirements of a particular job at school or through a local registered training provider, and can complete a number of work placements during the year.
Summer Schools are specifically designed for Years 5, 6 & 7 students who have been identified through NAPLAN (National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy) as requiring additional help in the areas of literacy and numeracy.
Summer Schools do not replace the existing support that your child receives at their school. Rather, this is an opportunity for your child to receive additional assistance within an enjoyable learning environment.
At Summer Schools, students are taught to understand the relationship between the language of chance and probability, and to justify their decision-making processes by using this knowledge.
Parents are encouraged to support their children’s learning. There are many things you can do to help your child practises their reading skills including reading a range of texts, discussing how language is used, asking your child to describe people, places or objects, and engaging in word building exercises.
“I have never seen my daughter so excited about doing school work. All she does is talk about what she has learned each day. Thank you for this opportunity.” (Summer Schools parent feedback).
“Summer Schools was great. I hope I get to go again next time.” (student feedbank).