Innovative Community Action Networks (ICANs) bring together young people, families, schools, community groups, businesses and different levels of government to find solutions to local issues that prevent young people from completing their education. ICANs are a key part of the Making the connections, School Retention Action Plan, a social inclusion initiative.
ICAN has demonstrated that when schools, agencies and communities work in partnership, young people can be successfully re-engaged if a young person-centred approach is adopted, within a wider view of learning, supported by wrap-around case management. This is known as flexible learning options (FLO). Ceduna Area School currently has 43 ICAN FLO enrolments.
Individualised learning pathways are identified which reflect the student's skills, interest and aspirations. Learning pathways may include full-time/part-time school or vocational courses through tafeSA or registered training organisations (RTOs).
Students have access to other learning through independent learning centres or community-based program providers and structured work placement. The long term goal for all FLO students is to achieve their South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) or equivalent and make a successful transition to further education, full time or part time employment