‘Edu Space’ Opens in Redcliffe, Provides Option  

Redcliffe’s educational landscape is set to transform with “Edu Space,” an innovative independent school designed specifically for Year 7 to 10 students who find traditional classrooms challenging.

This pioneering institution promises a fresh approach to learning, tailored to the unique needs of its students.

Administered by Redcliffe Area Youth Space (RAYS), the school has initially catered to 24 foundation students and aims to provide a supportive environment for the youth aged 12-16 dealing with various severe psychosocial, systemic, clinical and financial obstacles to learning.

Edu Space’s head of curriculum is Allen Ellis, who has been working for RAYS for more than a decade, 15 years to be exact.

At Oxley Avenue, where the school operates, Allen is joined by six staff members and is supported by two funding streams.  

Helping Allen provide education to students are Bronnie, a former teacher from NSW, and other four learning support officers. 

The school’s project-based curriculum and focus on trauma-informed care are geared towards fostering long-term relationships with students. A four-years-worth of units for Edu Space’s students has been prepared by Allen. 

With flexible hours from 8:50 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the school seeks to accommodate the diverse needs of its students. 

Allen also stresses the importance of stability and consistency in building a passion for learning among the students. 

“We’re trying to create stability and we have time to build long-term relationships,” he said. 

As the community anticipates Edu Space in the following years, there is optimism about the positive impact it could have on vulnerable youth in Redcliffe. 

By addressing the root causes of disengagement and offering tailored support, the school hopes to empower students to overcome challenges and achieve their fullest potential.

In a region where education is seen as a pathway to positive change, Edu Space represents a step towards providing more inclusive and equitable educational opportunities for young people in Redcliffe.

Published 16-Apr-24