A Flexible Arrangement allows for all or part of a student’s educational program to be delivered by another education provider. The other education provider could be a community organisation that offers special programs for children and young people, or another school (state or non-state).
For example, a flexible arrangement may be appropriate for:
- A secondary student who wants to study a subject that is not offered at their school and whose principal agrees for them to study the subject at another school or through distance education;
- A student participating in a behaviour management program at an alternative education centre for two days a week, and who attends their usual school for the rest of the week; or
- A student who is acting in a movie for two weeks and will participate in an educational program delivered by a tutor while on the set of the movie.
During the flexible arrangement the student remains enrolled at their usual school and the principal retains authority and responsibility for the student’s educational program. The program should be equivalent to the student’s full-time participation at school. A flexible arrangement can occur on or off the school site.
If the flexible arrangement is between two schools, both principals should discuss the proportion of Full-time Equivalent (FTE) enrolment at each school (e.g. 0.6 at one school, 0.4 at the other). The student’s educational program is the responsibility of the school where the student spends most of the time. In situations where the FTE enrolment is equal between the two schools (i.e. 0.5), both principals should discuss and share responsibility for the student’s educational program. Student absences are recorded by the school where the student is due to attend at that time (for state schools, refer to the Roll Marking in State Schools procedure).
A flexible arrangement for a student of compulsory school age can be approved only if the student’s parent has given written agreement to the arrangement and the arrangement has been discussed with the student as appropriate to their age and other relevant circumstances.
A student in the compulsory participation phase must give written agreement to the flexible arrangement. The arrangement must be discussed with the student’s parents when practicable and appropriate in the circumstances.
All parties must agree to the flexible arrangement before it can proceed.
A student in the compulsory participation phase does not require a flexible arrangement when a recognised provider is providing an eligible option. A flexible arrangement is not required when a student is undertaking a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship.