SEDA College is built on applied, interest-based curriculum models delivered in industry, the community and the real world, and supported by knowledge-based learning in classrooms.
Different students have different learning styles and not all students excel in a traditional learning environment. The College’s approach to education is captured in one simple but powerful statement: To Engage, Educate and Empower young people.
SEDA College is built on the premise that engagement with learning is not only personal and individual but essential for learning to occur. We believe that a more applied, active, hands-on approach to learning better meets the needs of many young people.
The applied learning environment provides young people with a sense that the learning is relevant to them and their lives today and building toward future life and employment options. Applied learning taps into a kinaesthetic learning style which is important for young men and women, contributing to the physical, active, creative and social development of each person.
The SEDA College program attracts a group of young people who want their education experience to be ‘real-life’ and authentic. The education experience at SEDA College utilises an area of interest or passion and it is embedded in an industry that students enjoy, so it is immediately more relevant and has context. Attracted by the idea of learning and working in an area of interest, the program engages students with learning, builds their confidence and encourages them to be successful learners.
SEDA College believes that the industry context and interaction with high profile partner organisations motivates and inspires students. Young people choose an industry area that they feel confident in and which allows them to explore their areas of interest. The industry context builds on their abilities and talents and provides a challenging and stimulating learning environment.
The essential ingredient that brings the SEDA College program together into a seamless learning experience is the positive relationships that are built between the teachers, students and their families. In a SEDA College classroom, this teacher-student relationship is based on a shared passion or interest. The students are like minded young people working with their teacher, who shares their enthusiasm for the industry, communicates regularly with the student’s family and is the single point of contact for all of the student’s needs during the program.
SEDA College is committed to developing successful learners who have the capacity to engage in future learning and actively participate in community life. The initial priority for the SEDA College program is to support young people to complete a Senior Secondary Certificate. The certificate is complemented with Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications that support the student’s interests. This allows young people to explore career options and provides future career pathways.
The SEDA College experience supports young people to explore a range of jobs and careers through regular and substantial blocks of work placement. SEDA College intentionally exposes young people to a range of industry experts, role models and experiences that help them consider a broad range of career options. It also helps young people develop the skills and maturity to be successful at work.
The SEDA College program embeds young people into the community and encourages them to become active citizens in their communities. The SEDA College classroom is located in a community or industry facility in community hubs and sports pavilions. This allows them to work on community projects that are meaningful to them whilst developing a greater insight into the lives of other people in their community. These challenging experiences, often conducted in partnership with community agencies, allow young people to make a positive contribution to a socially cohesive society that respects and appreciates cultural, social and religious diversity.
Confident learners have the ability to make informed choices that support their dreams, ambitions and talents. A quality education empowers young people to have the knowledge, skills and attributes to proactively transition from secondary education to work or further studies with focus and determination.