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The ARTS Pilot is exploring the routes available to young people when they leave school (which may impact on choices they make about what to study whilst at school).

It forms part of the Additional Routes To Success Programme.


It seems clear that the school education of equity groups – including those facing regional, rural and remote (RRR) disadvantage and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students – will be impacted more by schools moving to online provision due to COVID-19 than other students (Maguire & McNamara, 2020). This reflects the fact that they are less likely to have access at home to: digital technology (including Internet access); suitable working spaces; the support of adults who themselves have achieved the high levels of educational needed in order to effectively support school age learners. This will further increase the existing gulf between these students’ performance in HSC and equivalent exams and those of students from more advantaged backgrounds. This will further increase the need for non-ATAR routes post schooling for these equity groups.


The ARTS-Pilot project explores the routes that young people in Australia take on leaving school, with a particular focus on non-ATAR routes. It aims to publicise the availability of these routes to broaden opportunities for otherwise marginalised learners. Ultimately, one of the aims of the project is to reduce the focus on ATAR rankings in schools in order to enable a broader curriculum focus that better fits the needs of all students.

Project outputs[edit]

Twining, P. (2020) What do you want to be when you grow up? blog, 2nd October 2020. This post illustrates that career trajectories are messy and difficult to predict, and that exam results may not always be a great indicator of post-school success.
Twining, P. (2020) Starting to think about Additional Routes To Success. blog, 24th August 2020. A blog post showing that most school leavers do NOT go to university and that even for those who do many don't use an ATAR to gain entry.