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If you decide to drop out of school, you can return in the future.

But before you make the decision, if you’re thinking of dropping out, it’s a good idea to stop for a second and really consider your reasons why and if they can be resolved without ditching the classroom. Also, In Queensland, you must be in school until you turn 16 or complete Year 10, whichever comes first.

It’s also worth knowing what dropping out looks like and what you’ll do during that time.

So here’s the facts: once you’re 16 or finish year 10, you have to be learning or earning until you’re 17, get a qualification, or complete Year 12. This time at school is called the ‘compulsory participation phase’. In a nutshell, this means you can keep going to school or you can leave and learn or earn somewhere else.

If you’ve landed here because you’ve already dropped out and are wondering how you can get back into school, we’re glad to hear that you’re thinking about giving it another go!

You may be feeling a bit embarrassed or unsure about going back to school, but remember, life’s a journey, it’s okay to take different routes. With a bit of direction and drive, you’ll get to where you want to go. Take a look at what’s involved to return to school after you’ve dropped out.

If there’s something at school or in your life that’s making you want to drop out, remember help is available. Try speaking with your school guidance officer, or a teacher you feel comfortable with about how you’re feeling. Otherwise, take a look at our get support page for a range of resources and professionals who can lend a listening ear.