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A flexible learning options (FLO) enrolment supports young people who have disengaged from school who may be experiencing:
- anxiety and depression
- unstable accommodation
- family difficulties
- pregnancy or parenting.
As part of the FLO enrolment, young people will:
- work with a qualified case manager (youth worker)
- develop a flexible learning and transition portfolio
- access learning and other programs.
Eligibility and enrolment
Young people are eligible for FLO if they’re:
- enrolled in a SA government school
- from year 8 up to the age of 21
- experiencing ongoing attendance concerns.
To find out more about eligibility and how to enrol a young person in a FLO enrolment, contact your school or email education.flexiblelearning [at] sa.gov.au.
How enrolled young people are supported
A FLO enrolment supports young people to:
- reconnect with education
- improve literacy and numeracy skills
- achieve SACE or other vocational qualifications
- gain the skills to go onto further study or employment
- develop positive relationships to get along better with family and friends
- address barriers to learning and engagement
- access additional support from community services and agencies
- plan for the future.
Expectations for FLO enrolled young people
Young people are expected to:
- regularly connect with their case manager
- participate in case management sessions to address barriers to learning
- engage in wellbeing and learning programs
- attend their weekly timetable.
Flexible learning and transition portfolio
All FLO enrolled students work with their case manager to develop a flexible learning and transition portfolio (FLTP) based on their needs, skills and interests. The FLTP also outlines the young person’s negotiated timetable, goals and learning pathways. There are a range of other modules that young people can work through on topics such as wellbeing, work experience, vocational pathways and positive transitions.
Learning for FLO enrolled young people
Learning for FLO enrolled young people can happen in a variety of different places including in:
- the community
- flexible learning centres
- TafeSA or other registered training organisations (RTOs).
Learning can include:
- part-time or full-time study (SACE and Australian Curriculum)
- vocational courses
- online learning
- work placement with an employer
Young people need to be engaged in accredited learning as part of their FLO enrolment. FLO can be accredited through the:
All FLO students have a qualified case manager to support them to address their barriers and re-engage in learning. Case managers may be employed through the school or a non-government youth agency.
The support includes:
- identifying barriers to engagement and learning
- addressing health and wellbeing concerns
- providing practical support
- referring young people to other agencies and services
- identifying learning and vocational pathways
- developing a negotiated timetable that includes regular case management sessions, wellbeing and learning programs
- supporting transitions for when young people are ready to leave school
- coaching and goal-setting.
Case managers help young people develop their flexible learning and transition portfolio (FLTP) (refer to section on this page). They also maintain a case file that includes progress notes, needs assessments, support and referrals.
They also stay in contact with the school, parents, and other support agencies.
If you have a complaint about the department or a department-funded service provider, we encourage you to follow the department’s complaint process.