Globalisation, artificial intelligence and technology are having a profound impact on both the workplace that graduates of senior secondary schooling will enter into, and the diversity and flexibility of choices and pathways available to them.
The school system needs to support young people to make informed choices about learning options that will help them beyond school, even before they enter senior secondary schooling. The ways in which our senior secondary schooling system supports students to make informed decisions to help them achieve their further study and work goals will be critical to students’ future prosperity, wellbeing, and contribution to Australia as informed, engaged citizens.
This paper sets out a number of challenges facing senior secondary students when they are making decisions about subjects and post-school pathways. While this paper does not claim to be exhaustive in covering the range of issues in what is a complex and crowded space, it seeks to bring together evidence to support the ideas and propositions contained in the companion document, the discussion paper for the Review of senior secondary pathways into work, further education and training.