Middle years

Middle years students are in Years 5 to 9.The middle years span primary and secondary schooling, where there are often significant differences in learning environments and relationships. They also represent an important stage in a student's development.

We recognise that these are the years when experiencing positive relationships, being genuinely engaged in learning and developing high self esteem have a major and lasting impact on each young person.

Research indicates that young adolescents benefit from a supportive learning environment that engages, challenges and motivates them as learners, community members and as leaders. Their connections to each other, their family, community and school are central to developing resilience, tenacity, independence and intellectual growth.

Middle Years Education Strategy

In our public schools, we provide innovative and expanded opportunities for middle years

students to help them to learn and grow as individuals. We aim to connect with them in ways that direct their energy, shape their self concept and raise their expectations. We also strive to help our young people to be successful learners and to develop confidence, resilience, a love of learning, a strong sense of identity and a respect for others.

The department's education strategy Our Middle Years Learners - engaged, resilient, successful. An Education Strategy for Years 5 to 9, 2010-2012 (PDF 2.1MB) outlines our goals and actions.

Significant advancements have been made towards achieving our commitment and we continue to build upon our goals for our middle years students:

  • reaching higher
  • growing towards independence
  • strengthening connections.

These goals build on the achievements of our teachers in establishing strong academic and social foundations in the early years of schooling, and focus on extending the talents, capacities and aspirations of our middle years students.


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