ABOUT THE EREA FLEXIBLE SCHOOLS NETWORKS
This is how we do things at flexible learning centres
The purpose of a flexible learning centre is to empower young people to take personal responsibility for their actions and learning, feel enhanced wellbeing, and achieve greater autonomy and self-reliance, to engage in the transition to further education and/or employment and to negotiate positive steps to adulthood.
Teaching and learning is characterised by small class sizes, a flexible curriculum that draws on individual interest and needs and a democratic pedagogical approach that encourages learner empowerment and autonomy. The philosophy of Youth+ has a clear commitment to social justice and stands in solidarity with disenfranchised people of all social, cultural and religious backgrounds. Learning experiences are holistic and address the social and emotional needs of young people, promote wellbeing, and develop cognitive and academic skills.
Learning experiences are also linked to educational outcomes of state, territory and national curriculum frameworks in middle school and senior subjects in addition to nationally accredited vocational education and training courses. Central to the practice established in flexible learning centres is operation by common ground principles.
These give a framework for a democratic and inclusive community to operate in a way that respects the rights of all and enables meaningful educational engagement.
The Principles are:
• Safe and Legal
These principles guide group relationships. They represent broad directions for group practice and establish a common ethical framework that promotes appropriate learning and personal relationships. They are used by the young people and staff to:
• encourage learning
• build personal relationships
• collaborative problem solving
All members of each FLC community meet together daily to ‘check in’ and help young people connect to the community, their own educational plans and to the Principles.