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Focus On - A Flying Start for Queensland Children

22/07/2014
 

Year 7 is joining high school

 

Queensland’s education system is changing for the better. From 2015, Year 7 will become the first year of high school. This is a significant change which will benefit all Queensland students.

 By 2015, almost half of the students in Year 7 will be turning 13 and in their eighth year of school, which is the right time for high school to begin. Educators agree that young teenagers are ready for the greater independence and depth of learning that high schools provide.

 In high school, our students will have greater access to specialist teachers and resources, such as science teachers and labs, which will open up new and exciting educational opportunities. Moving Year 7 to high school will also bring Queensland into line with the majority of other states and territories, which will benefit families who may need to move interstate while their child is still in secondary school.

 

Preparing for the move of Year 7 to high school

 

The start of the school year in 2015 will be historic, as state and non-state secondary schools across Queensland welcome almost 100,000 students into Years 7 and 8. As you prepare to enrol your child in high school, you should feel confident that much work has been done since 2011 to ensure a smooth transition of Year 7 to high school in 2015. For state schools, this includes:

 
    rolling out an extensive capital works program to
     accommodate Year 7 students, which will see around
     365 infrastructure projects delivered at 288 state
     schools across Queensland
    piloting the move of Year 7 in 20 state secondary
     schools, so that we can share the first-hand experience
     of the pilot schools before all secondary schools prepare
     to welcome Year 7
    encouraging all secondary schools to develop a specific
     program to support the wellbeing of students as they
     make the transition to high school
    implementing Junior Secondary for students in Years 7
     to 9, which focuses on the specific academic, social and
     emotional wellbeing of students in the early years of
                  high school
    recruiting up to 1,300 passionate teachers to Junior
                  Secondary settings who have the skills and experience
      to effectively support the distinct learning needs of
     young adolescents
    supporting these new teachers in Junior Secondary with
                  comprehensive professional development
    boosting the financial support available for families
                  living in rural and remote parts of the state by increasing
                  the Living Away From Home Allowance for eligible Year 7
     students to the secondary student rate.
 

How you can help to support your child

The move from primary school to high school is a significant moment in the lives of students and their families. Early adolescence can be a time of rapid change as students become more independent, have additional educational responsibilities and start to feel influenced by their peer groups.

Our primary and secondary schools will be working closely to support students as they prepare to make the transition to high school. There are also practical things that you can do to assist your child to make a smooth and successful transition.