Queensland Government advice to students
The [Education] department is committed to supporting the retention of pregnant and parenting students in schools and acknowledges that one of the most effective ways to minimise the risk of negative outcomes in terms of health, welfare and educational achievement is to support pregnant young women and young parents to remain connected to learning.
Government guidelines for schools warn that:
Pregnancy and parental status are two attributes covered by the Anti-Discrimination Act (Queensland) 1991 (the Act). Principals and other managers need to be aware of the unlawful nature of discrimination against students who are pregnant and students who are parents and the implications for contravention of the Act through the vicarious liability provision.
This means that if you want to stay or return to school you have the right to do so and the school must enrol you and support you to do this. Schools have to provide appropriate arrangements to support pregnant and parenting students to complete their education through flexibility in classroom and school management, curriculum design, and teaching and learning strategies, dress codes and temporary alterations in attendance. Schools should also maintain contact with pregnant and parenting young people, promote awareness of pathways and establish a network of support services for them.
Mabel Park High School, Slacks Creek Power Program – Assisting young pregnant and parenting people to remain in or to re-engage with school.
Burnside State High School STEMM – award-winning program that supports pregnant teenagers and young mothers through education, mothering advice and mentoring. As part of the program, participants can study subjects from USC’s Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) to prepare for university. See here a news item on impressive STEMM graduates.
Ipswich State High School – runs Young Families Connect Program – a partnership with Mission Australia’s Communities for Children – providing tailored education support with flexible delivery of learning to assist young parents to complete a Qld Certificate of Education or certified competency based training. It has an onsite child care centre (Millen Kully Moolum) and links to KAMBU Health and other agencies. It caters for 20 young mums from the Ipswich Region. Contact Corinne Harper or Erin Sell on 07 3813 4488 or 0467 728 301 or email email@example.com (see also our post, 28 May 2016)
Deception Bay State High School ASPIRE (Actively Supporting Parents with Infants to Re-engage in Education) – an educational program designed to support young mums and pregnant girls between 15 and 19 to successfully complete their Queensland Certificate of Education at the end of year 12. Young mums can study English, Maths, a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, 2 electives and receive support tutorials. Childcare is provided nearby and access to social workers, legal and health care professionals is available to support transition back in to mainstream education. Email the coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (07) 3897 2222.
Clarinity Education, Southside, supportive learning in an independent all girls school for young women who have found mainstream schooling unsuitable. Offers a free crèche run by Searchlight and parenting support programs.
Southside Family Centre and Creche provides free child care and support (transport, free meals, nappies, etc.) to young mothers attending high school. Email Kylie.email@example.com or phone 0430 203 524.
Edmund Rice Education Australia – Albert Park Flexible Learning Centre Brisbane offering formal education in English, maths, performance, living skills, music and art to young people aged 14 to 25 and encourages young parents to enroll.