Pro­grams to be fo­cused on ‘ed­u­ca­tion­ally at risk’ stu­dents

Sunday Tasmanian - - Front Page - ANNE MATHER

A NEW in­de­pen­dent school aimed at help­ing teenage stu­dents con­sid­ered “ed­u­ca­tion­ally at risk” is plan­ning to open in Ho­bart’s north­ern sub­urbs.

The In­die School has more than 10 cam­puses in NSW and Vic­to­ria, and plans to have its first Tas­ma­nian school open by first term next year.

The school, to be based in Main Rd, Glenorchy, has been given de­vel­op­ment ap­proval by Glenorchy City Coun­cil and is look­ing to re­cruit teach­ers. The non-gov­ern­ment school is still await­ing ap­proval from the state’s ed­u­ca­tional au­thor­i­ties.

The school is con­sid­ered an “al­ter­na­tive” se­nior-sec­ondary op­tion for stu­dents aged 15-19, to help them through Years 9 to 12.

In­die School prin­ci­pal Rod Wang­man said the schools aimed to help stu­dents who had left school and not found em­ploy­ment.

He said the schools were tar­geted at stu­dents con­sid­ered “ed­u­ca­tion­ally at risk of not com­plet­ing their se­nior sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion”.

He said the Tas­ma­nian school would help stu­dents achieve their TCE, which could be done while gain­ing other of­fi­cially recog­nised qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

“In­die School pro­grams are based on in­di­vid­u­alised sup­port and learn­ing to re-en­gage stu­dents into ed­u­ca­tion in a ‘stepped’ progress, planned with the stu­dents to in­crease their self-es­teem, con­fi­dence and be­havioural re­quire­ments,” he said.

Mr Wang­man said class sizes were kept small, with up to only 10 stu­dents, and the en­tire school would be kept small at up to only 70 stu­dents. Mr Wang­man said In­die Schools had higher ra­tios of wel­fare sup­port, used life ex­pe­ri­enced teach­ers/coaches and of­fered flex­i­ble modes of study. He said the learn­ing was also tailored to stu­dents’ in­di­vid­ual strengths.

A spokesman for the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion said the Non-Gov­ern­ment Schools Reg­is­tra­tion Board had re­ceived an ap­pli­ca­tion for the es­tab­lish­ment of an In­die School in Glenorchy com- menc­ing 2019. He said reg­is­tra­tion as­sess­ment was also cur­rently be­ing un­der­taken by the Of­fice of the Ed­u­ca­tion Reg­is­trar, which is re­spon­si­ble for ad­min­is­ter­ing the non-gov­ern­ment schools reg­is­tra­tion process.

“The reg­is­tra­tion process re­quires out­lin­ing the an­tic­i­pated im­pact on sur­round­ing schools,” the spokesman said.

“It also re­quires ev­i­dence of con­tact with lo­cal schools about any po­ten­tial im­pact.”

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