Supporting dynamic learning
Killarney Heights Public School shares the impact of piloting innovative teaching practice to engage students and to foster future-focused skills.
Location: Tralee Ave, Killarney Heights
Level: Primary School, Kinder to Year 6
Enrolment: 691 students (68% of students live in a home where a language other than English is spoken)
At Killarney Heights Public School, we have a collective vision for future-focused learning and teaching. The school leadership team have supported our teachers to implement a repertoire of teaching strategies that are evidenced based and future-focused. Two pilot flexible learning spaces have been designed to enhance the authentic learning of our students and to build their skills and capabilities for today and for their future.
Throughout the change process, teacher practice has been supported through professional dialogue, visits to other schools, teacher professional learning in future-focused practice, innovation tours and visits to the Futures Learning concept space at Australia Technology Park. Research has been reviewed and community consultation has taken place with teachers, parents and students to support the innovation.
Our pilot study has shown that students have an increased sense of agency and autonomy over their learning and this is resulting in increased engagement. Teachers are engaging in deep reflective practice. Observation and feedback from students is demonstrating that the new spaces are enabling students to experience high levels of success in the areas of collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and problem solving.
To access a visual representation of this journey, download the Killarney Heights Public School - Supporting dynamic learning infographic (PDF 61.73KB).
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Guiding readings and research
- Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation 2016, 5 essentials for effective evaluation
- Committee for Economic Development of Australia 2015, Australia?s future workforce
- Supported students, successful students
- Leadbeater, C. 2016 The Problem Solvers
- University of Wollongong Early Start Research Institute 2016, Spaces research project: Evaluation report (PDF, 1707KB)
- Regional Australia Institute 2016, The future of work: setting kids up for success