20% of Australian students don’t finish high school: non-mainstream schools have a lot to teach us about helping kids stay

Sun, 2 Jul 2023 18:32:32 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"A significant proportion of young Australians still do not finish high school.
According to data released by the Productivity Commission on Tuesday, about one
in five students leave before they reach Year 12.

In 2022, about 79% of students started Year 12, the lowest in the last ten
years of data reported. The rate was higher for non-government schools (87.2%)
than government schools (73.5%).

If a student reaches Year 12 it doesn’t mean they complete the year. Figures
released last month by the South Australian Department for Education show of
those who began Year 12 in the state, only 64% completed their Year 12

This is a problem. But our work with non-mainstream schools is showing how we
can retain and engage more students if they are treated with more respect and
given more choice in the senior years."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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