FlexiSpaces are designed to support schools to provide a differentiated environment for secondary students who are experiencing challenges. These spaces are inclusive, high-quality built environments, with high-impact teaching and learning. FlexiSpaces aim to re-integrate students into their mainstream settings.
FlexiSpaces are one of a range of strategies that are used by a school to respond to students who are experiencing challenges, while allowing students to: (1) remain with their peers and friendship groups; (2) keep a regular routine; (3) have a strong sense of belonging as part of their school community; (4) continue their schooling with an uninterrupted curriculum.
FlexiSpaces are staffed with teachers from the school who maintain academic standards, access to the Australian Curriculum and set high expectations while providing flexible and individualised support. FlexiSpaces support currently enrolled students.
FlexiSpaces remove the disruption that occurs for a student when they are moved from a mainstream school setting to another school or alternative setting.
Students who access a FlexiSpace maintain a connection to the rest of their school through attending some subject classes within the mainstream setting and joining in whole-of-school activities, routines and rituals.
FlexiSpaces exhibit high-quality approaches marked by high expectations including: (1) high-quality and targeted teaching focused on reconnecting students and improving their outcomes; (2) access to the Australian Curriculum; (3) a high-quality built environment to facilitate flexible learning opportunities; (4) multi-disciplinary approaches in collaboration with other agencies such as Child Safety, Youth Justice, and Communities (where required); (5) strengthened school capability in creating inclusive and flexible learning environments that cater to the needs of all their students; (6) strong engagement with parents as important partners; (7) increased student agency and responses to student voice and needs