Understand the adolescent learner

The early teenage years are a time of great change for young people.

Our pilot schools have made a number of suggestions to help high schools ensure they are meeting students' needs:

Clear communication - by defining a clear Junior Secondary model, and roles and responsibilities within it, our teachers can better understand their role and how they can contribute to planning, teaching practices and learning environments.

Teaching models – a strong teacher-student relationship is essential and our pilot schools recommend a core-partner teaching model where two teachers divide teaching and care duties.

Teaching approaches – high school brings with it many new responsibilities and students will need to be taught a number of new skills to meet these including how to manage a diary and due dates, and new ICT skills.

Leadership – by creating authentic and purposeful roles focussed on service students get both an ability to learn new skills and provide service back to their community.

Student wellbeing – a comprehensive program is essential for students to feel a sense of belonging. Our pilot schools recommend that there be a dedicated timetabled subject so that every student receives the same messages – supported by a multi-layered approach where messages are woven into relevant subjects and activities.


"Make sure your teachers all have a full understanding of adolescent needs and development. We can't underestimate how much of a significant role it plays in everything we do with students on a day-to-day basis. Develop a strong pastoral care program and monitor how students are progressing with it. Don't forget about creating leadership roles across all year levels."

Jamie Pukallus, Head of Department Curriculum – Crow's Nest State School


Need more information?

The following pages will provide more information about the move of Year 7 and how we will support our young Queenslanders. We will: