Learn Ready

Many young people need support to stay at school, or to find suitable education or training that meets their needs and aspirations.

Early intervention for young people who are struggling in education is critical. If core skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviours are not developed across childhood and adolescence, they become increasingly difficult and expensive to address later in life. Young people not fully engaged in education or work are at greater risk of long-term unemployment, cycles of low pay, employment insecurity and social exclusion. Early school leavers are two and a half times more likely to be unemployed, earn lower wages and have poorer quality of life outcomes.

Phoenix House provides flexible education programs for young people with very specific and challenging needs.

We work with schools and families to identify young people at risk. Students identified have a range of complex social and educational needs and are at a high risk of leaving school early. We catch young people before they fully disengage with formal education and aim to inspire a life-long love of learning.


Phoenix House provides flexible education programs for young people with very specific and challenging needs

We offer a range of courses to enhance learning and living skills aimed at helping young people re-engage with formal education. Phoenix House educators are highly skilled and experienced in flexible education delivery and we have achieved significant positive outcomes for the young people undertaking our courses.

Transit Program

Phoenix House, in partnership with Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE, deliver a program enabling students to complete a Year 10 equivalent qualification in a flexible learning environment. The program is aimed at students for whom mainstream schooling has been challenging, where they have not been able to realise their full educational potential.

The course is delivered in a flexible, self-paced and supportive learning environment that is designed to be able to accommodate the many different learning styles of the students. By providing the wrap around support we are ensuring all barriers to education are being addressed.

By supporting students to build upon their natural talents the course helps students to discover what they are passionate about. Individual learning plans are put in place with a focus on preparing students for entry into further studies or employment.

Participants engage in a range of “trade tasters” – real life trade and work experience in areas including: hospitality, plumbing, hair and beauty, game design and development and mechanics.

The Transit Program has proven success with the majority of participants continuing with further study, vocational training or employment. The high results from this course combined with it being the only course of its type in the Northers Sydney area means it is in high demand and attracts students from all over Sydney.

Please contact us to find out more about the course.

SCALP (Skills Careers Adventure Learning Program)

SCALP is a pre-employment program supporting young people to achieve education and career goals. We work with young people who are isolated and marginalised in our community. This program has run for the past 13 years and provides adventure therapy, fitness and lifestyle.

The focus is on improving individual health through physically challenging but fun activities, building self confidence, motivation and improving life and job skills.

The adventure component of the program teaches young people a more responsible attitude towards risk, fosters decision making skills, respect of and value for each others contribution, and encouraging team work and cooperation.

SCALP gives greater clarity to young people of their strengths, which informs a more positive outlook on their futures within employment, education or training.

Over 80% of participants who completed our most recent SCALP course have re-engaged with formal education.

Tutoring and study groups

Phoenix House provides a safe, quiet and supportive environment for young people who need a place to study.

We also provide one to one tutoring and study groups tailored to each student’s needs.

Students offer one another fabulous peer support which helps to keep them engaged and motivation in education.

Scholarship Program

Phoenix House, in partnership with Rotary, provides scholarships for students who are studying or undertaking training who require additional financial support. These scholarships can cover the cost of supplies such as textbooks, technology and course fees.
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Route 10

The Route 10 program works with graduates of the Transit Program who have identified they would like to pursue further study including the Higher School Certificate.

This program provides students with the academic foundation they require to be successful in further study. We create a positive and fun learning experience whilst improving their literacy and numeracy skills, social skills and general wellbeing. Further, Route 10 aims to provide ongoing support and assistance to navigate the various challenges and barriers to successfully complete their education.

This program is a Year 10 equivalent and is delivered in partnership with Western Sydney Institute of TAFE Open Training and Education Network.

Successful students graduate with a Certificate II in Foundations for Vocational and Further Study.