A number of young people have told me recently that the flexibility and support provided by CARE schools have enabled them to continue their education and cope with issues they are facing in their personal lives.
Learning at their own pace, having youth workers to speak to and teachers who understand their personal situation were all raised as elements of the CARE school approach that have enabled the students to continue to learn, instead of dropping out of school completely.
Many had completed their Certificate 2 or 3 and others were looking to move on to TAFE and others apprenticeships.
Some were not sure what the future held for them but they knew that continuing their education was extremely important.
CARE schools are often very different learning environments and there is debate concerning the funding, licensing and assessment of the schools, but they are crucial in ensuring young people who are unable to participate in a mainstream school environment can continue to be educated and prepare for adult life.
I commend the teachers, administrators and support staff at these schools who often deal with difficult situations, but who display an unwavering commitment to preventing young people from falling through the cracks.
It is important we continue to support a flexible approach to education so that all young people have the opportunity to continue their education, overcome the challenges they face and build towards a positive future.
I thank the staff and students at Corridor College Midland, Comet Program in Clarkson (run by Youth Futures) and ALTA-1 for taking the time to meet with me recently.
Acting Commissioner for Children and Young People