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Practical and positive life lessons for teenagers

NSW secondary schools are ensuring students are ready for life with a new program aimed at helping teenagers in Years 11 and 12 avoid the financial and social pitfalls of early adulthood.

Students from Condell Park High with Minister Stokes

The Minister for Education, Rob Stokes, discusses the new course with the principal of Condell Park High School, Susie Mobayed, and senior students.

Education Minister Rob Stokes today announced the Life Ready course would start in all government high schools from 2019.

The mandatory 25-hour course includes practical learning and application of skills for real-life situations such as financial responsibility. Among the financial literacy issues to be tackled will be budgeting, consumer rights, purchasing online and responsibility for credit, debt and savings.

Other lessons include learning about liberal democratic values, citizenship and voting, road safety, mental health, domestic violence, substance abuse and volunteering.

Mr Stokes said the danger of online gambling would be part of the conversation, as well as instructions for safe travel overseas due to the increasing popularity of schoolies’ celebrations abroad.

The delivery of the program will be decided by individual schools. Schools will have the opportunity to become familiar with the course content during Terms 3 and 4, 2018. There is more information on Life Ready on the curriculum web pages and the Minister’s media release.

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