The Queensland education and training system aims to set the highest standards of excellence and academic rigour by engaging young people with a challenging and diverse curriculum.
In Queensland it is compulsory for young people to stay at school until they finish Year 10 or turn 16, whichever comes first. Young people are then required to participate in education and training for:
• a further two years, or
• until they gain a Queensland Certificate of Education, or
• until they gain a Certificate III vocational qualification, or
• until they turn 17.
The Senior Phase of Learning provides young people with more options and flexibility for completing Years 11 and 12, or their equivalent. Schools and TAFEs are offering young people more choice and greater flexibility in the senior phase of learning. Students can choose from vocationally-based subjects and courses, traineeships and apprenticeships, and university subjects.
Year 10 students throughout the state prepare Senior Education and Training (SET) Plans with the help of teachers and parents. These plans map out a young person’s career and education goals and the learning options available to them in the senior phase of learning. Students also have a learning account created for them with the Queensland Studies Authority.
Young people are able to access their own learning accounts over the internet to check their progress. A Youth Support Coordinator program has been established across Queensland to assist young people. These 113 coordinators work with schools, TAFEs and the community to coordinate services to help young people resolve personal and family issues during the senior phase.