Building resilient young people
Alternative Education (AE) provides an opportunity to learn in a different way. AE learning environments prioritise flexible learning in small groups alongside Educators (teachers and youth workers) who support each student ‘from where they are at’.
Praxis AE programmes in Porirua and Wellington support each student to re-engage with learning in a whānau atmosphere, build literacy and gain credits towards NCEA. We take a ‘whole of life’ focus meaning that AE programmes seek to engage whānau and provide access to health services. We aim to prepare students for independent living, further study and employment.
City and Porirua Alt are funded by the Ministry of Education and each programme serves a consortium of secondary schools. Access to these programmes is generally through one of our partner schools. We take around 50 students each year from Year 9 onwards, and current regulations mean that a student must transition on once they turn 16.
Each programme offers a range of NZQA accredited standards at levels 1 and 2. These are in a range of academic and practical areas.
Current government funding falls well short of the cost of providing alternative education, and we gratefully acknowledge the support of our partners who make this opportunity possible for the young people who benefit from it.
Ministry of Youth Development