Hands On Learning is a one-day a week in-school early intervention program that significantly increases attendance and retention of students in the middle years most at risk of becoming early school leavers.
Small groups allow students from across years 7-10 to form meaningful relationships with other students and adult role models.
One day per week HOL students attend a “Work Place” within their school and do practical jobs that are designed to reinforce the work they do in the rest of their normal school week. Students work on creative building projects that benefit the school and local community – developing confidence and a sense of personal achievement.
According to many of the students, “Hands On Learning is what keeps me at school”.
Most students increase their self-esteem and develop friendships and a sense of belonging. The majority of HOL students become more content at school as well as in other aspects of their lives.
Teachers consistently report the self-esteem boost students receive helps them perform significantly better when they return to the classroom environment for the rest of the week.
Hands On Learning changes the lives of young people. The average attendance for students that participate in a HOL program in years 7-10 is 98% and 92% of these students have moved into apprenticeships or further study. This demonstrates the Hands on Learning Programs strong track record keeping disengaged students at school.