Redbank Plains High shares in $8m funding

THE lives of 1200 at-risk youths is set to be transformed by $500,000 in State Government funding for Redbank Plains State High School.

The school was one of only 21 state secondary and special schools awarded the money from the $8 million Collaboration and Innovation Fund.

Thrilled principal Michael West said the grant would mean young people struggling at school and considering dropping out would have access to additional flexible learning options through its Passing the Baton project.

"Early school leavers have poor schooling outcomes and are vulnerable in the labour market," he said.

"The grant money will transform young lives by delivering outcomes for many of the 1200 young people per year who slip through the cracks.

"Student transitions into and through flexible learning programs will be supported by comprehensive case management ensuring quality educational and pathway outcomes."

Mr West said he hoped the school's project would become a "beacon of best practice" to keep youths engaged and involved in the best education and training to get them jobs.

Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller said Redbank Plains State High School and the other successful schools submitted projects that were judged to have the ability to make a real difference to students' education.

"We want to encourage schools to invest in creative and collaborative programs designed to add further depth and quality to the education offered to their students," she said.

"The successful schools will be required to develop a case study highlighting how their projects can be used across Queensland's state schools.

"I congratulate the school on their efforts to provide students with innovative learning opportunities."

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