Flexible Learning Program

The Flexible Learning Program (FLP) is an alternative education option for young people seeking to complete their SACE. It enables students to manage work, study and academic success in a program that caters for their individual needs.

How FLP works

The FLP encompasses pastoral care and customised education to meet the diverse educational and personal needs of students who aspire to complete the SACE, but for whom the traditional model of classroom based schooling is not appropriate. The emphasis is on individual development, recognising prior learning and enhancing skills for future participation in the community. This involves making connections to students’ worlds in the learning process, recognising broader learning, such as continued participation in sport, music or other community activity and acknowledging the need to meet the basic welfare/pastoral needs of students, before formal learning can begin.

Each student has a Case Manager who oversees their educational program. The Case Manager works with the student to develop an individual curriculum plan designed to meet the student’s specific needs and aspirations. Students spend between two and five days per week in the program, but do not attend school classes, rather, a range of community based learning activities are utilised. Activities such as employment, TAFE studies and volunteer or community work, are packaged as SACE Stage 1 and 2 subjects. The students are required to collect and collate evidence of their learning, and then to reflect upon this learning. Online learning and distance learning packages, with tailored learning tasks and assessments, enable students to complete compulsory units such as Mathematics and English. The program works closely with local employers, education and training providers, government support agencies, NGOs, volunteer organisations, service organisations and local health providers, to support and enhance students’ programs of learning and accreditation.

Why FLP is successful

Staff members involved in the development of the FLP identify the case management approach, flexibility of the program, personal flexibility of the Case Manager, customised support structures, recognition of difference and the empowerment of students, as keys to success in enabling students to reach their full potential. Through the program students are encouraged to develop networks and knowledge to help manage many of the complex issues impacting on their lives, and to complete their secondary education.

For further information contact:
Sean Quirke
Head of Senior School
Ph: 8724 4650
Email: quirs@tenison.catholic.edu.au