3.1 Providing expert guidance, career advice, and further education transition support
When delivered effectively,
career guidance has been shown to enhance self-esteem and motivation amongst young people (PF, 1.2MB), contributing to higher rates of school completion and successful transitions into further education, training or work. This positive influence is strengthened when
schools supplement individual guidance with a curriculum-based approach (PDF, 981KB), supporting young people to develop lifelong decision-making skills and capabilities to manage transitions. For many students in alternative settings, there is a greater need for highly individualised guidance and transition support beyond Year 12 – ensuring school completers can navigate the complex links between their own goals and aspirations; relevant and appropriate education and training pathways; and the labour market.
3.1.1 Highly individualised guidance on further education and career opportunities
3.1.2 Post Year 12 transitions supported beyond school
3.2 Working with other schools and education providers to maximise the opportunities and pathways available to students
In order to maximise the educational opportunities and pathways available to their students and ensure students continue to hold high aspirations of themselves, high quality alternative education settings are aware of the range of education providers available and proactively seek out new partnerships with providers according to needs and aspirations of individual students. When a student’s requirement for an alternative setting is temporary, active partnerships with other schools support transitions back to mainstream settings.
These partnerships provide an immensely valuable pathway option (PDF, 2.8MB), providing an outcome where they can once again benefit from peer-group effects and the positive influence that expectations and aspirations of the broader mainstream cohort can provide.
3.2.1 Supported transitions to and from mainstream schooling
3.2.2 Industry and community partnerships
3.2.3 Partnerships are broad and differentiated for every student and aimed at strengthening their opportunities
3.3 Offering multiple certification options to cater for the learning potential of all students including QCE, VET qualifications and higher education pathways
Quality education settings provide pathways towards employment and independence, finding the critical balance between activities that engage and those that lead to accreditation. Particularly in alternative settings, this means catering to an individual’s potential rather than their circumstance. Through the delivery of broad and diverse certification options, schools ensure young people are best placed to find individual success and access lifelong positive outcomes.
3.3.1 Diverse certification options cater for broad student needs and interests