Date
09 December 2019
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Preparing students to leave school

Preparing for the future is an integral part of the curriculum in years 9–13. Use flexible approaches to personalise the curriculum for students.

Strategies for action

Six key strategies for schools to prepare students for their future outside of school

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Innovation in secondary schools should be supported by robust self-review to determine whether new approaches are making the intended improvements for all students.

For some students, particularly those with significant learning and social needs, the transition from school is probably the most crucial process for determining how the rest of their lives will unfold.

Ministry of Education

Two suggestions for implementing this strategy:

  1. Plan to self-review

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    • Resources
  2. ​Use research to inform practice

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    • Resources

Support effective transitions

Support students’ individual pathways by coordinating with families, iwi, and community businesses, along with government agencies and education providers.

Research suggests that learners value information from trusted, impartial sources and will generally turn to family, friends, and teachers with whom they have a strong relationship for advice.

Tertiary Education Commission Te Amorangi Mātauranga Matua (2014)

Two suggestions for implementing this strategy:

  1. ​​Involve parents and whānau

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    • Video
    • Resources
  2. ​Coordinate partnerships

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    • Video
    • Resources

Develop flexible systems to support all students

Value and plan for student variability from the outset. Build flexibility into systems, processes, and support models. Adopt teaching models that increase student engagement and opportunities for success.

Students are not conveniently fitted into an existing programme. Instead, the programme is discussed, tailored and resourced to meet their learning needs. Responsive teaching is important for all learners.

Six suggestions for implementing this strategy:

  1. Establish high expectations​

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    • Video
    • Resources
  2. ​Plan for diversity

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    • Video
    • Resources
  3. ​Plan flexible assessments

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    • Video
    • Resources
  4. Adopt flexible timetabling and options

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    • Video
    • Resources
  5. ​Adopt mentoring models

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    • Video
    • Resources
  6. ​Build students' skills for their futures

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    • Video
    • Resources

Help students' identify aspirations and implement plans

Personalise support for students as they plan their steps beyond school. Expect students’ needs and preferences to be diverse and provide options that are flexible.

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A student describes how the flexible approach of her school’s learning support team is enabling her to pursue her dreams and prepare for the future.

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Prepare students with future-focused skills

Offer students multiple opportunities within the curriculum to identify and develop the skills and competencies they will need in their lives beyond school.

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Students will need to develop a wide range of skills and competencies.

Four suggestions for implementing this strategy:

  1. Tertiary life and study skills

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    • Video
    • Resources
  2. ​Workplace skills and competencies

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    • Resources
  3. Support wellbeing

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    • Video
    • Resources
  4. Independent living skills

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    • Resources

Explore work and study options

Open the doors to a wide range of options that students can consider. Provide students with extended opportunities to explore unfamiliar contexts and build relationships beyond the school community

Three suggestions for implementing this strategy:

  1. ​Career pathways

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    • Video
    • Resources
  2. Tertiary study

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    • Resources
  3. ​Community connections

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    • Resources

Key resources

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National Transition Guidelines

These guidelines provide schools and agencies with best practice information to ensure effective transition supports are in place.

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Preparing students to leave school: School responsibilities, starting from year 9

A graphic depicting school responsibilities to prepare students to leave secondary school.

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Website

Career malaga

A career-planning resource to support Pasifika secondary students planning their career journeys. Students are encouraged to think about who they are – their cultural identity, their special interests, and their strengths, and how these can lead to fulfilling futures.

Publisher: Careers NZ

Website

School leavers' toolkit

Practical advice and resources to support young adults find their way after leaving school. The online toolkit contains information on: tertiary education, moving out of home, getting a job, money and tax, taking care of myself and others, government and voting. The toolkit is in English and Māori.

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Website

Career kete: Decide and prepare

Resource kit to support to help students in years 11–13 to make choices about tertiary education and work and prepare for the move from school.

Publisher: Careers NZ

Website

I'm not sure what I want to do

This is a step-by-step guide to help students understand who they are and what they want – from both work and life.

Publisher: Careers NZ

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