From 2015, Year 7 will become part of high school in all state and non-state schools across Queensland.
We have consulted widely before introducing this positive change and it follows the successful introduction of Prep as the first year of schooling in 2007.
In 2008, the Year 1 entry age was raised by six months, bringing Queensland into line with other states. As a result, by 2015 more than half the students in Year 7 will be turning 13.
Educators agree that young teenagers are ready for greater independence and the depth of learning that high school provides, which is why in most other states and territories across Australia, Year 7 is already the first year of high school.
By 2015 Queensland Year 7 students will be in their eighth year of school, and this is the right year for high school to begin.
Moving Year 7 to high school will also allow Queensland students to take advantage of the Australian Curriculum which was introduced at the beginning of 2012. In high school, our Year 7 students will benefit from access to specialist resources and teachers, such as science labs and science teachers.