Australian Association for Flexible and Inclusive Education

Amplifying young people’s fundamental rights to education

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Flexible Learning

Programs and initiatives, both outside school and in schools, designed to meet the diversity of needs for young people to be actively and positively engaged with their learning


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AAFIE supports the Flexible and Inclusive Education sector who support young people to learn and succeed! Our work is focused on supporting initiatives that are:


They aim to adapt pedagogy and curriculum to suit young people, rather than expecting young people to fit into a standard way of ‘doing school’


They support young people for whom traditional schooling approaches have not worked well, and who have been rejected by, or themselves have rejected mainstream schooling

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They enable young people to gain recognised secondary school-level credentials, by supporting both learning and wellbeing


They come in many shapes and forms. They may be integrated within a school or TAFE; or they may be a ‘stand alone’ annex or independent school

A Top Choice

Whether students are referred to the program or choose to enrol themselves, these initiatives combine offering a ‘top choice’ – offering pathways to fulfilling potential

Every year Flexible and Inclusive education programs support over 70,000 young people across Australia to learn

These programs connect young people with each other and with their community, build on their strengths to develop more skills and knowledge, and improve personal and social wellbeing. The work of Flexible and Inclusive Education can be expected to generate upwards of $16.422 billion in public economic benefits over and above the cost of these programs*

*Te Riele, K. (2014)/ Putting the jigsaw together: Flexible learning programs in Australia. Final report. Melbourne: The Victoria Institute for Education, Diversity and Lifelong Learning

*Thomas, J. & Nicholas, C. (2018). Estimating the economic returns to flexible learning options in Australia – A social return on investment analysis. Townsville: James Cook University. 

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