Tender Bridge

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Outdoor education, Dropout prevention, Males, At risk persons, Private financial support, Philanthropic foundations, Grantsmanship, Secondary education, Rural education, School community programs, Case studies


This storied account of practice looks at the development of a program for boys who, for various reasons – learning difficulties, behaviour, family and emotional concerns – were struggling. ‘The Outdoor Classroom’ project idea grew out of the national ‘Green Corps’ program for 17-24 year old unemployed youth. Waiting until boys were 17, however, did not seem like a good idea; boys were ‘at risk’ of leaving school before then. This is the story of how Anglican Community Care and Tenison Woods College came together to grow and resource ‘The Outdoor Classroom’ to identify and redirect boys who might have otherwise continued to struggle.

Place of Publication

Melbourne Vic


Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

Geographic Subject

South Australia

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