Campbelltown Performing Arts High School
This case study showcases how this school has embraced and embedded future-focused learning and teaching practice. Four key questions are addressed to demonstrate how they identified problems and constraints, overcome specific challenges and their learnings from this journey.
Location: Beverley Rd, Campbelltown
Level: Secondary School, Year 7 to Year 12
Enrolment: 1,090 students
What learning problem were you trying to solve?
The Learning Hub was created to provide a space for all teachers and students at Campbelltown Performing Arts High School to access in order to explore the potential teaching and learning opportunities offered by a technology-enabled, flexible learning space. While working in the Learning Hub, teachers are challenged to reflect on the way they approach how they plan and implement the learning experiences they provide to their students, to ensure that all students are met at their point of need through differentiated and personalised learning. The Learning Hub was developed as a ‘prototyped’ classroom where teachers could work with a Learning and Support Teacher to design lessons for the whole class, with specific adjustments and accommodations embedded in the lesson for individuals or groups of students.
What were your constraints?
- Finding a space that was appropriate.
- Building the capacity and confidence of teachers to use the space for implementation of new and emerging pedagogies such as project-based learning.
- Negotiating with a faculty that was ‘losing’ a classroom traditionally seen as ‘theirs’.
- Financial constraints – needed to knock down a wall and purchase furniture.
- Investigated research on learning spaces – both internal and external.
- Gathered input from students and teachers about how the space would work.
- Created a team of students and teachers to design and plan the space.
- Used RAM funding to knock down a wall and purchase furniture that was flexible (height adjustable, moveable, writable table tops etc). Total cost - $23,000.
- Painted walls with IDEA paint to make them writable surfaces.
What did you do?
Developed a process for building teacher capacity:
- Teacher and LaST co-create lessons with consideration for how the space can be utilised to enhance personalised and differentiated learning.
- Teacher and LaST team teach in the space.
- Teacher and LaST de-brief on/critique lesson and set future directions.
- Teacher adopts similar approaches/strategies in their own classroom.
What have you learnt so far?
Feedback from teachers has been extremely positive. They have indicated that the learning space, with the high degree of flexibility, has enabled them to plan lessons that more traditional classrooms do not allow and also report increased engagement though more participatory practices. Early career teachers, in particular, have commented that the planning process with the LaSTs is an invaluable part of the process and provides them with quality professional learning in-situ. Students report improved engagement through increased choice of how and where to work; improved collaboration through better supported group work; a more individualised approach to learning; and they love the writable surfaces on tables and walls!
The following video 'New pedagogies in new space' (5 mins 30 sec) shows how Campbelltown Performing Arts High School has transformed a number of learning spaces across the school to more effectively support the implementation of new and emerging pedagogies.