Improving educational engagement and achievement for young people
11 February 2016
Year 9 Plus is a new approach to improving educational engagement and achievement for young people – starting with the Year 9 students (12/13-year-olds and their siblings) most at risk of poor education, criminal justice and employment outcomes.
Budget 2015 approved $2.2 million over four years to conduct a small scale concept test of Year 9 Plus which will provide early intervention support to 80-100 most at risk students in the wider Gisborne region.
The initiative began at the start of term one in 2016 and continues until the selected students have either left or finished school.
Champions will remove help to remove barriers to education and address issues both inside and outside the education system to help their students stay in school and achieve formal qualifications.
Year 9 Plus was developed after research found that achieving better outcomes for young people at risk requires a holistic approach to address all the factors affecting a student’s participation and achievement in education. This includes providing continuous support to help students with changing circumstances over the time they are at school.
This work will test how well we can identify the young people most at risk and how effective the intensive wrap-around and ongoing support is in helping them.