Cooks Hill Campus: implementation of big picture education philosophy and design
|Authors||Ann Daly, Meg Dione-Rodgers, Robyn Leggatt, Brendt Evenden|
|Evaluator company||School Policy and Information Management Unit, NSW Department of Education|
|Study type||Expert opinion|
|Evaluation type||Both process and outcome|
The Big Picture Education Australia (BPEA) philosophy and design was implemented in the Cooks Hill Campus of Newcastle High School in 2014. In 2015, the department commenced an evaluation of the initiative's key features: personalised learning; learning through leadership; and authentic assessment. The evaluation adopted a mixed methods approach, including observations, surveys, and analysis of school administrative and achievement data. It found that the school community was very supportive of the initiative, and that it had a positive impact on teacher practices and student attitudes, behaviour and performance.