Bridges to Higher Education Bridges to Higher Education

By Aspect

Academic Preparedness

 

Early Stage 1 to Stage 3
  • Programs designed to mitigate the disadvantages linked to LSES
  • Direct instruction programs in literacy and numeracy
  • Personalised lesson plans
Stages 4 to 6
  • Sustained holistic in-school programs aimed at increasing student skills, achievement and completion, raising aspirations, developing cultural capital, increasing student resilience and engaging parents in their children's education
Tertiary Sector progression
  • Pre-entry and first year transition programs, which embed in the curriculum
  • Diagnostic instruments for academic skills
  • Core-skills development programs
  • Community building programs
  • Online pre-entry programs and information hubs
  • Student support services to improve academic literacy, numeracy, and discipline specific skills; plus a wide range of social services such as health care, pastoral care, and financial support
  • Learning centres which offer personalised tutoring or workshops in student skills
  • Targeted interventions for specific cohorts or at-risk students, including academically focused, financial and pastoral care programs
Pathways, transitions and lifelong learning

Enabling programs which:

  • Increase access via additional pathways
  • Prepare students for university study and offer a taster of the university experience
  • Holistic intervention programs focused on:
    • Tracking disengaged or at-risk students, and offering counselling and / or referring them to appropriate student services;
    • Teaching time management skills and/or developing a more flexible curriculum;
    • Improving opportunities for social interaction with peers, and providing frequent and timely feedback; and
    • Embedding support services within the program, and / or raising awareness of services
Student support services to improve academic literacy, numeracy and discipline – specific skills, plus a wide range of social services such as health care, pastoral care and financial support.

Awareness, confidence and motivation

Early Stage 1 to Stage 3
  • University outreach programs to raise aspiration and develop discipline interest and key skills
  • Embedded grit development, via effortful, long term tasks in school readiness and personal development programs; sport and hobbies; study skills programs; formal curriculum; and outreach programs
Stages 4 to 6
  • Diverse outreach which focuses on life-benefits of education, alternative pathways and aspirations for career progression
Tertiary Sector progression
  • Informal social and recreational programs which help students strengthen cultural capital, and develop a student identity;
  • Become integrated members of the learning community
  • Develop additional academic skills where needed
  • Embedded or stand-alone reflective practice programs
  • Peer mentor and peer assisted study programs
  • Assigned tutors / course advisors
  • Outreach to inform students of available services
Pathways, transitions and lifelong learning
  • Peer mentoring
  • Outreach to mature age and later entry students
  • Giving learners some control over the online environment, including individualised elements, which depend on the student's responses

School and community capacity

Early Stage 1 to Stage 3
  • Transition programs for school readiness, focusing on cooperation over curricula, and passing on written information about the students
  • Integrated school, community and student-focused interventions, including curriculum reform
  • Building teacher capacity
  • Additional education and social services for vulnerable students
Stages 4 to 6
  • Professional development for teachers, including experiential training; focused on diversity, equity and improved capacity
  • Building a professional learning community which supports teachers, as well as parents and students
  • Develop and achievement focused culture within schools
Tertiary Sector progression
  • Building staff capacity through mandatory professional development focused on core student-focused and self-reflexive teaching skills
  • Professional development of teaching staff focused on developing awareness of social justice principles, and effective strategies related to fostering a respect for diversity in the classroom and other learning spaces
  • Student involvement in designing induction activities
  • Supporting student advisors with periodic whole cohort events
  • Online student / tutor management systems which enables tracking and transition
  • Work placement experiences for students, with a focus on developing career pathways
  • Curriculum reform, focused on social justice principles, commonly via surveys, focus groups or seeking feedback on proposed changes
Pathways, transitions and lifelong learning
  • Work based learning programs with a focus on developing career pathways
  • Dual sector pathways, which offer dedicated and structured pathways, specific admission policies, easy credit transfer, clear and comprehensive information and career counselling
  • Cross institutional tracking and intervention programs
  • Development of blended and fully online e-learning pathways
  • Professional development of teaching staff focused on developing awareness social justice principles, and effective strategies related to fostering a respect for diversity in the classroom, and in effective e-learning delivery

Engaging parents and carers

Early Stage 1 to Stage 2
  • Relationship building between the student, parents, pre-school and primary school
  • Regular contact between parents and teachers
  • Parent development programs, reinforcing parents' self-efficacy and meeting with other families to encourage life-long learning concepts
Stage 3
  • Relationship building between the student, parents, primary school and high school
  • Regular contact between teachers and parents
  • Parent development programs:
    • Information about accessing university;
    • Networking parents and university staff / alumni;
    • Reinforcing parents' self-efficacy; and
    • Meeting with other families
Stage 4
  • Raising expectations of student achievement in parents / and raising the parent's own aspirations for education
  • Involving parents in educational committees and events;
  • Making regular contact through a variety of means, including face to face events and online communication
Stages 5 & 6
  • Providing parents with information about possible career paths, university courses and financial resources;
  • Raising expectations of student achievement in parents / and raising the parent's own aspirations for education
  • Involving parents in educational committees and events;
  • Consulting about the policies, events and initiatives
  • Making regular contact through a variety of means, including face to face events and online communication
Tertiary Sector progression
  • Outreach incorporated into pre-entry aspirational programs and information services
Pathways, transitions and lifelong learning
  • Child care

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Early Stage 1 to Stage 3
  • Community reading programs in pre-primary and primary schools which involve local Indigenous adults
  • Direct instruction programs in literacy and numeracy
  • Personalised learning plans
  • Whole-of-school approach to valuing Indigenous knowledge and history
  • Engaging parents and carers via in school and at home reading programs, local-language programs, parent-run, after-school care, online resources and parent-focused capacity-building workshops
Stage 4
  • Outreach focused engaging established Indigenous service providers, community groups and institutions in addition to schools
  • Enhancing a school's Indigenous and/or diversity curricular; via add-on programs, one-off events, teacher training, and/or community engagement of various kinds such as NAIDOC events
Stages 5 & 6
  • Outreach focused engaging established Indigenous service providers, community groups and institutions in addition to schools
  • Enhancing a school's Indigenous and/or diversity curricular; via add-on programs, one-off events, teacher training, and/or community engagement of various kinds such as NAIDOC events
  • Providing information on courses, careers, support and financial services online as well as face-to-face.
Tertiary Sector progression
  • Expanding existing Indigenous Units and Centres within universities
  • Developing remote, satellite or shared university campuses, alongside blended learning modes and e-learning
  • Peer mentoring
  • Assigned tutors / course advisors
  • Work placement experiences for students, with a focus on developing career pathways.
Pathways, transitions and lifelong learning
  • University enabling programs
  • Creating additional transition and access pathways for Indigenous students, which collaborative link schools, VET and university
  • Online local language resources, learner generated media, such as e-portfolios, and social networking
  • Developing specific pedagogy and curricula aimed at engaging Indigenous students, in consultation with the local community
  • Work based learning programs, with a focus on developing career pathways
  • Career counselling
  • Peer mentoring

Macquarie UniversityWestern Sydney University LogoThe University of SydneyAustralian Catholic University