Catholic Education South Australia

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.

Each student has a Senior Teacher who oversees their educational program. The Teacher will work 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, instead, a range of community based learning activities are utilised and encouraged. Activities such as employment, TAFE studies,  volunteer and community work, are connected with formal learning wherever possible. The program works closely with local employers, education and training providers, government support agencies, volunteer organisations, service organisations, and local health providers, to support and enhance students’ programs of learning and accreditation.

Why FLP is Successful

This program has proved to be successful with students who show independence in their learning and have the motivation to complete their SACE through alternative methods. The flexible pathway provides the scope for students to pursue part-time work, attend TAFE or work through issues that once created a barrier in the mainstream option. Attendance is not intended to follow the usual set day of lessons one through to eight, five days a week. This allows students to accommodate work commitments, appointments and TAFE participation around their schedule. Students find the one on one instruction offered by teachers and Support Officers as an effective strategy to develop their confidence and achieve success.

For further information contact:

Sue Rundle
Flexible Learning Program Support
Phone: (08) 8724 4634

Ciaran Buckley
Head of Senior School
Phone: (08) 8724 4650

Tenison Woods College respectfully acknowledges the Boandik people are the First Nations people of the Mount Gambier South Eastern region of South Australia and pay respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, past, present and emerging.