The Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource (STAR) delivers funds to all state secondary schools with year 11-13 students. STAR assists Boards of Trustees, principals and schools to better meet the needs of students. It enables schools to help their students smoothly transition from school to further education and/or employment. There is a focus on at-risk students intending to go straight into the workforce.
- include work-based learning
- lead towards credit for unit standards for vocational, education and training courses at level 1 or above
- lead to a quality assured tertiary qualification at a level beyond that of a typical year 13 course that is usually offered in a senior secondary school
- include short introductory courses giving students a taste of a tertiary education or work experience.
- gives schools a unique opportunity to work with local tertiary education providers and potential employers to support students to explore options and make choices about pathways to work or further education.
- provides an opportunity to increase students’ engagement in their learning by highlighting the relevance of their schoolwork to their future.
STAR offers students:
- opportunities to try out possible careers
- new skills that are appropriate to the workplace
- opportunities to trial courses that lead to a qualification
- a curriculum that is more relevant to working life
- practical “hands on” work-based experience
- a chance to experience a different learning environment
- courses at no cost
Courses are advertised to Year 11 – 13 students throughout the year, and run both in term-time and during the holidays. We often run more courses in Terms 1 &2 and associated holidays to stay clear of external examination preparation times.
As limited places are available on each course the criteria for selection includes:
- Number of credits towards a qualification
- Career aspirations
The list of Term 3 Courses is available to view here: