The focus is on re-engaging vulnerable young people with education and to support them to participate positively within their wider communities. AYCE aims at providing education for students who, for a wide variety of reasons, are not enrolled at a school. In 1999 the school ran a pilot program and, in practice, the program attracted mainly students who had been, up until that time, home educated.
The AYCE program is suited to all age groups, including students who have left school before doing their VCE. It is a requirement that students are enrolled at a school in order for them to attempt their VCE, and this program gives students not attending a mainstream school, the opportunity to access this qualification.
AYCE also aims to cater for students for whom mainstream schooling does not work. These may include students who have been victim to social, emotional trauma, bullying, or mental health concerns or have been previously home schooled and are looking at transitioning into the school system that caters for the needs of their child. At AYCE we participate in teaching student’s life skills and activities, as well as teaching subjects that lead to a more formal learning pathway or work.
AYCE enrols young people in secondary education, for a variety of reasons or circumstances, who have been out of school for extended periods of time, and/or have difficulty engaging in a mainstream setting.
It enables young people to access programs that empower them to strive for aspirational pathways which will enable them to confidently seek and obtain employment and/or attend further education opportunities. Our programme also aims to strengthen and consolidate foundation skills in literacy and numeracy. We address various gaps in student learning to support the student to return to mainstream secondary education, full-time work or tertiary learning pathways.