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Senior Secondary Pathways

In August 2019, the Chair of the COAG Education Council, the Hon Minister Dan Tehan MP, launched the Review of senior secondary pathways into work, further education and training.

The review is being chaired by Professor Peter Shergold AC and supported by a panel with expertise across schooling, vocational education and training, higher education and industry.

The review is one of eight national policy initiatives under the National School Reform Agreement.

The review will seek to bring together the different elements and related system level reviews; and most importantly, put the experience of senior secondary students at the centre. As our future citizens and leaders, students must be better supported to make informed decisions about life beyond school, whatever pathway they choose to follow. In undertaking the review, the expert panel will give consideration to the different contexts faced by disadvantaged students, including students with a disability, those in regional, rural and remote areas, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Discussion Paper for feedback

The panel has released a Discussion Paper, to stimulate debate. A companion Background Paper has also been released and provides a deep dive into some of the issues, along with supporting data.

The discussion paper outlines key questions, which are drawn from the terms of reference:

  1. What are the essential skills and knowledge young people should leave secondary school with, and whose job is it to make sure they have them?
  2. Are current arrangements both in schooling and entry arrangements for tertiary education supporting students to access the most appropriate pathway?
  3. What are the barriers to students being able to equitably access to all pathways?
  4.  What is being done well to help students make effective choices through career education, different schooling models, VET in schools, work-based learning and industry partnerships, higher education and supporting student wellbeing?

Do we have the data we need to understand pathways and make informed policy?

You are encouraged to provide feedback on these questions and other topics not explicitly captured, however, please note that views on the Australian Curriculum are outside the scope of this review. The expert panel is particularly interested in hearing from a wide range of people, especially young people themselves, on ways senior secondary students can be supported to better understand and select the most appropriate pathway to further study or work.
How do I provide feedback?

Feedback can be provided through the website at until 7 December 2019 and will inform the Review’s findings.

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