Flexible Learning Programs

Christies Beach High School delivers a range of flexible learning programs to support young people to re-engage with learning and re-connect with meaningful learning or earning pathways. Targeted programs are delivered in partnership with a range of service providers and are supported by a multidisciplinary team of teachers, youth workers and support staff.

Access to these programs requires a Flexible Learning Options (FLO) enrolment which is a Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) strategy. Students are only FLO enrolled after all other school options have been considered and is at the discretion of the Principal.

 

The CBHS Flexible Learning Programs are underpinned by the following:

 

  • A strong belief in the potential of all young people to learn and be successful
  • Staff expertise in working with at-risk students to provide a positive and supportive environment that focuses on the achievement of learning outcomes within a wellbeing framework
  • An assertive outreach case management model to address young people’s barriers and complexities and to ensure relevant pathways that reflect needs, interests and capacity for learning
  • High level of commitment from school leadership to ensure access to funds, teaching and learning support and an inclusive model of service provision.

 

The CBHS programs include a range of responses including:

 

Year 8 Support

The year 8 program supports the successful transition of students from primary school into high school and provides ongoing assistance to keep students connected to education. The support includes 1:1 case management, in-class support, access to additional programs (eg Drumbeat, Rock and Water), linking with parents and caregivers and the opportunity for informal catch-ups throughout the day as required.

 

In-School support

The In-School model provides a full-time youth worker to support students who have a strong connection to mainstream school, but who are experiencing a range of barriers and complexities that have impacted on their learning and attendance. Support includes weekly engagement with the case manager, flexible mainstream timetables and access to additional courses and links to community support services.

 

Middle School Program

The Middle School Program in an on-site program that focuses on learning and wellbeing for student in years 9 and 10. The program provides 1:1 case management to address issues and barriers to learning and flexible timetables with a focus on the Australian Curriculum, Vocational Education and short course options and SACE (Personal Learning Plan).

 

Senior Learning Centre

The Senior Program is an off-site program for student in year 11 and 12 who are struggling to stay connected with mainstream school. This program is co-located at Noarlunga TafeSA. The focus is on achieving SACE and Vocational Education qualifications with access to case management and wellbeing support, to address barriers to learning.

 

Young Mum’s Program

The Young Mum’s Program is based on-site and provides an educational option for students who are keen to achieve their SACE or other vocational qualifications while managing the demands of pregnancy or parenting. Support is provided through case management, access to tailored learning and parent specific programs such as playgroup, Circle of Security and Bringing Up Great Kids. The program also provides access to pre-natal and ante-natal care through a mobile community mid-wife.

 

Re-Engage Youth Services (REYS)

Re-Engage Youth Services is a community based case management service provider. CBHS students who are experiencing multiple and complex needs, issues and barriers to learning can be referred to REYS for assertive case management support. This support includes individualised 1:1 case management with qualified youth workers and access to a diverse range of programs.

 

Learning Together

A small number of CBHS students are enrolled in Learning Together based at Christie Downs Primary School. Learning Together is a DECD program for families with children aged birth to four, which has operated in South Australia since 2003. The program is based on national and international research affirming the crucial importance of the very early years of life in laying the foundation for children's learning and well-being.

 

For more information contact:

Lucie Walker

 

Assistant Principal - Flexible Learning