Rural Learning Exchange

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What is the Rural Learning Exchange?

The Rural Learning Exchange provides support for small rural schools. It connects classes together allowing teachers and students to collaborate across the state in studying for the Higher School Certificate.

Why the Rural Learning Exchange?

The Rural Learning Exchange provides support for rural teachers and school communities to ensure quality learning with flexible pathways for every student, no matter where they learn.

How does the Rural Learning Exchange work?

Each subject has a Subject Coordinator who works collaboratively with the local teachers to build a common learning sequence and assessments. The classes connect live and the resources are stored in a central area for students and teachers to access. Live lessons allow students and teachers to collaborate on learning across the state.

Who is involved with the Rural Learning Exchange?

In 2020, there were approximately 83 rural schools with a secondary student enrolment of 300 or less. A pilot of the Rural Learning Exchange is in operation for 2020-2022.

There are four subjects supported by the pilot:

  • Standard English
  • Standard Mathematics
  • Agriculture
  • Biology
A list of schools currently involved in the pilot can be accessed via an online map.

What are the benefits of the Rural Learning Exchange?

Collaboration and high expectations have been shown to result in better Higher School Certificate outcomes for students. By connecting the classes together to focus on the learning, the pilot aims to achieve the best Higher School Certificate outcomes for each student.

Benefits include:
  • greater peer interactions
  • access to experts and specialist resources
  • rich learning experiences
  • assessment and feedback as a larger class.

What other support does the Rural Learning Exchange provide?

The Rural Learning Exchange has established four subject-specific networks to support teachers. These include:

The networks allow teachers to collaborate and share resources, building a community to support the learning of students.

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