About this episode
In this episode, Brett and Ellen discuss:
- Exploring Euka’s innovative offerings for Years 11 and 12, focusing on the senior stages of schooling. They discuss Euka’s unique approach to homeschooling these crucial years, highlighting its distinction as the only Australian program that allows students to complete high school and transition to university without traditional exams.
- Ellen notes the program was developed in response to students uncertain about their future after high school. She points out the challenges students face entering university without Year 11 and 12 knowledge, an issue Euka’s program addresses.
- A key topic of the episode is the mental health implications of exam-based assessments in traditional schooling. Ellen describes Euka’s methodology, which favours continuous assessments over high-pressure exams, enabling students to learn from their mistakes and fostering a healthier learning environment.
- The discussion covers Euka’s two pathways for Year 11 and 12: the University Pathway Course (UPC) and the non-assessed program. The UPC, suited for university-bound students, allows assignment resubmission based on feedback, aiming for the necessary grades. The non-assessed program, while offering the same learning material, eliminates grading pressure, catering to students with varied post-school plans.
- Ellen highlights that Euka’s program equips students with critical skills like academic writing and research in the final term of Year 12, ensuring a smoother transition to university. The flexibility of Euka’s homeschooling program is also discussed, including the option to change subjects between Years 11 and 12 and the comprehensive support provided to students and parents.
- The episode concludes with encouragement for listeners to engage with the podcast, reinforcing its role in informing and supporting families considering homeschooling for their children’s senior years.