Change five things: Young people discuss what needs to change in the transition from school

Centre for Youth Policy and Education Practice

Change Five Things: Young people discuss what needs to change in the transition from school

Authors: Blake Cutler, Andrew Leap, Yuqi Lin, Masha Mikola, Cathy Waite, Lucas Walsh, Rebecca Walters, Mark Yin, Candice Chuning Zheng

This Policy Bite draws on personal experiences of CYPEP's Youth Reference Group members to critically reflect on the role and utility of final exams, before presenting five suggested changes.

Download Policy Bite: CHANGE FIVE THINGS: Young people discuss what needs to change in the transition from school

COVID-19 has had a substantial impact on student learning in some parts of Australia. Pandemic shutdowns led to disruptions which placed additional pressures on what is one of the most important times in many students’ lives. Exams and assessments in these contexts have been increasingly characterised by uncertainty and added stress.

The problem:

  • COVID-19 has exacerbated the uncertainty and stress in young people’s post-school transitions. Young people need support to address these concerns.
  • The ways young people are assessed in their final years of schooling bears re-thinking in light of changes to schooling during the pandemic.
  • Post-school transitions are not linear. Young people need access to guidance at different points – not always in school.

Suggestions for changes:

  • Change 1: Harness young people’s curiosity.
  • Change 2: Diversify how young people are assessed in their final years of schooling.
  • Change 3: Improve careers education and practical skills acquisition.
  • Change 4: Use digital technologies to provide post-school opportunities.
  • Change 5: Increase student consultation.

Download the Policy Bite to read about each of the suggested changes in more detail.