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The impact of the raised school leaving age : Department of Education and Communities / New South Wales. Audit Office.

The impact of the raised school leaving age : Department of Education and Communities / New South Wales. Audit Office.
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Record Number 15843
ISBN 9781921252655
Corporate Author New South Wales. Audit Office
Title The impact of the raised school leaving age : Department of Education and Communities / New South Wales. Audit Office. [Electronic resource]
Published Sydney : Audit Office, 2012.
Collation 29 p. ;
Series New South Wales Auditor-General's report : performance audit
Summary Note "Of the 54,607 students enrolled at government schools in Year 10 in 2010, only 47,695 enrolled at government schools in Year 11 the following year. This leaves 6,912, or one in eight students, on an approved alternative pathway, enrolled in a non-government school or not participating as required. However, the Department does not know the number of young people on each pathway. This means that it does not know how many young people are not participating. The raised school leaving age has meant that students who would otherwise have left school at 15 years of age are now required to remain at school to complete Year 10 and then choose another approved pathway. The Department and schools have supported these students by providing career advice, by expanding their curriculum beyond the traditional HSC subjects, and by introducing innovative programs. But more could be done to support these students. Schools need to provide programs that better suit these students’ needs and ensure students have access to high quality career advice. There is also evidence that more students who remain at school until 17 years of age are disengaged. Year 11 students now are absent more often and more likely to be suspended than those in previous years. And fellow students report that when they are in class, disengaged students are a frequent source of classroom disruption. The impact of managing these disengaged students has put a strain on already stretched resources. Overall, the raised school leaving age is an important initiative that should have positive impacts. However, the Department needs to do more to ensure that its implementation realises its potential benefits.Opportunities to improve the success of this initiative lie in ensuring students don’t fall through the gap and maximising the choice of options that engage and meet the needs of students both in Year 10 and post-Year 10 until they turn 17 years of age. This is more likely to encourage young people to continue education and training than any punitive action. It may even result in them staying at school to complete their Higher School Certificate (HSC) whether or not they intend to transition to tertiary studies." - p. 3.
Topical Term School leaving age -- New South Wales
Education, Compulsory -- New South Wales
High school dropouts -- New South Wales
Added Corporate Name New South Wales. Department of Education and Communities
Internet Site http://www.audit.nsw.gov.au/ArticleDocuments/252/01_Impact_of_Raising_School_Leaving_Age_2012_Full_Report.pdf.aspx?Embed=Y
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