Catholics back ‘alternative education pathway’

Students from the Xavier Flexi Schools Network participate in alternative education pathways (The Catholic Leader)

Queensland’s Catholic education sector has signed up to a commitment to ensure access to education for young people who need an alternative to conventional schooling pathways. Source: The Catholic Leader.

Queensland Catholic Education Commission Executive Director Lee-Anne Perry recently co-signed the commitment, alongside representatives of the state and independent school sectors.

The statement of commitment, “Quality Pathways for all young people: A commitment to alternative education”, was developed to provide support and resources for students who required alternative education due to learning constraints experienced by some in a standard classroom.

Dr Perry said while mainstream Catholic schools strive to meet the needs of students, there was still a requirement for alternative schooling to assist some students.

“The commitment outlines how alternative school settings make a vital contribution to achieving an equitable school system.

“These settings provide tailored learning and deliver high-quality teaching, so young people experience opportunities equal to their peers in mainstream settings,” Dr Perry said.

“In the Catholic sector, alternative schooling is provided through 14 special assistance schools run by Edmund Rice Education Australia, Cairns Catholic Education and Toowoomba Catholic Schools.

“These special assistance schools are in both metropolitan and regional settings and provide an opportunity for students to continue their education when conventional schooling isn’t an option.”

Dr Perry said the Catholic sector was committed to ensuring equitable access to education for all students.

“Equity doesn’t mean that all students obtain equal education outcomes, but we need to ensure economic or social circumstances are not creating a barrier to education.”

She said the signed commitment ensured high expectations were set for schools to provide support and resources for alternative education settings.

“For Catholic schools to flourish we need to ensure that our schools are part of a broader education system focused on the future of every student and their capacity to achieve their potential and contribute to our community,” Dr Perry said.


Shared commitment supports equity in learning (The Catholic Leader

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