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Earning and Learning Pathways project

The Earning and Learning Pathways project gives students and past students an opportunity to share their successes and challenges during their time at high school.

The project is run by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) on behalf of the department. Interviewing will be conducted by the Social Research Centre (SRC).

The project includes a questionnaire exploring the reasons why many students in South Australia choose to complete or not to complete high school. It allows them to give feedback directly to those in charge.

The project specifically focuses on why:

  • some students in years 10, 11 and 12 leave school without having completed SACE or VET  
  • some year 12 students who remain enrolled in school appear to be at risk of not completing SACE.

Information gathered from the questionnaire will be used to better support all students in our schools.

Who can participate in the project

  • High school students in year 12 currently enrolled in a South Australian public school.
  • Past students who were in year 10, 11, or 12 at a South Australian public school last year, but who are no longer enrolled.

About 800 students and past students will be randomly selected from department records.

Participation is voluntary.

Participants under the age of 18 must gain permission from their parent or caregiver to take part.

What does the project involve

For 4 weeks, starting 27 April, ACER and the SRC will conduct a questionnaire through telephone interviews.

Past students can expect questions on:

  • their current activities and plans
  • their satisfaction and dissatisfaction with school
  • the decisions that led to them leaving school
  • the career advice they received
  • the challenges they faced after leaving school
  • what help they needed to stay at school
  • self-assessment of the school-leaving transition
  • their future goals and expectations.

Current students can expect questions on:

  • their satisfaction and dissatisfaction with school
  • their reasons for staying at or leaving school
  • the career advice they have received
  • the challenges they face at school
  • the help they receive from school
  • what help they need to stay at school
  • school completion and post-school plans
  • their future goals (SACE and non-SACE).

The questionnaire builds on previous research and other Australian school-leaver surveys. It was developed in collaboration with our staff.

Support and resources for earning and learning pathways

Students or parents can provide feedback or raise concerns about a school or preschool on the feedback and complaints about a school or preschool webpage or by calling 1800 677 435.

Students, past students or their families can reengage in schooling, seek career counselling or find more information on pathways on the find a school or preschool webpage.

Earning and learning pathways support services

Jobactive – for jobseekers. Call 13 62 68

Workabout Centre – for Indigenous jobseekers. Call your closest centre via the contact details on the website

APM – for students with a disability seeking employment Transition Centres – for students with a disability, seeking support for SACE, further education, employment and independent learning. Call your closest centre via the contact details on the website

myfuture – for starting your personal career journey

National Apprentice Employment Network – connecting apprentices and trainees to employers. Find a registered training organisation by location and industry

Australian Apprenticeship Support Network – for apprentices needing more support

Emotional wellbeing, personal counselling or crisis support

Headspace – for mental and physical health, and work and study support. Call your closest centre via the contact details on the website

Kids Helpline – for personal counselling and crisis support. Call 1800 55 1800

Lifeline Australia – for personal counselling and crisis support. Call 13 11 14

Contact

Data reporting and analytics team

Phone: 8226 0960
Emaileducation.researchunit [at] sa.gov.au