Young people who struggle with traditional learning environments are at risk of early disengagement from education and are more likely to experience social, emotional and economic disadvantage.
Our Flexible Learning Options (FLO) program works with more than 500 at-risk young people across Adelaide; offering small class sizes, flexible, individualised support and a range of other initiatives to overcome learning barriers.
Flexibility and responsiveness are a hallmark of the program. When 41% of FLO participants identified family issues as a barrier to their learning, a new parent engagement model was put in place, empowering them to be co-decision makers in the design of their child’s program. This resulted in an improvement of 60%!
This trait achieved further gains during 2020. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic meant that it was a particularly stressful academic year. At any given time 20-35% of participants indicated they were experiencing anxiety and depression. To help support them, FLO increased connections with Baptist Care SA’s Family Mental Health Support Services to offer free onsite counselling.
Despite the challenges of the year, FLO participants successfully