Community education and support (VCAL) evaluation

11 October 2010

The Brotherhood has developed a community education and support project for young people based at the High Street Centre in Frankston.

Students are able to gain the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) in a community setting. A series of evaluations provide a sound evidence base to explore possibilities and constraints of applied learning opportunities for young people as an alternative to mainstream schools.

A 'taster' course was offered in 2009 to young people who were alienated from secondary school and were considering the Community VCAL course for 2010. Reports have been produced for each year of the Community VCAL program, with the latest report (2014) also providing some overall insights.

Learn more about Community VCAL »

Contact: George Myconos gmyconos(at)


George Myconos 2014, Lessons from a flexible learning program: the Brotherhood of St Laurence Community VCAL education program for young people 2010–2013 (PDF, 279 KB)

George Myconos 2013, Successes and challenges in re-engagement: evaluating the third year of a Community VCAL education program (PDF, 168 KB)

Jennifer Hanson-Peterson 2013, Do teacher training programs equip teachers with skills to teach disengaged students? (PDF, 93 KB)

George Myconos 2012, Re-engagement, training and beyond: evaluating the second year of a Community VCAL education program for young people (PDF, 446 KB) ;Summary (PDF, 84 KB)

George Myconos 2011, A path to re-engagement: evaluating the first year of a Community VCAL education program for young people (PDF, 558 KB) Summary (PDF, 136 KB)

George Myconos 2010, A taste for learning: evaluating a pre-Community VCAL program (PDF, 251 KB)


The Brotherhood and DEECD have together conducted professional development workshops:

Youth transitions on the Frankston Mornington Peninsula: what does success look like and how is it achieved?, April 2012

Improving student engagement on the Frankston Mornington Peninsula: sharing ideas, experience and knowledge, May 2011

Disengagement from secondary education in the Frankston Mornington Peninsula Region, November 2010

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse.
Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.

The Brotherhood recognises the harm that family violence causes and that freedom from violence is a basic human right.
We will support our staff, volunteers, clients and the community if they experience violence.

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