Personalised Learning

PERSONALISED LEARNING AT FRANKSTON HEIGHTS

At Frankston Heights Primary School we are committed to providing a personalised learning program for all of our students. Personalised Learning is a term used to describe the tailoring of a student’s learning to match their learning needs and to support the development of their personal passions and interests.

Personalised learning is not about separating students to learn on their own, it’s not the abandonment of national curriculum or a license to let pupils coast at their own preferred learning. It is about building strong relationships, a safe and encouraging environment and implementing rigorous structures with high learning expectations supported by regular and consistent monitoring and intervention.

This can happen through individual learning plans, small group work or by working in a whole group. Teachers determine student’s point of need in all curriculum areas through various forms of pre and post assessment and high quality learning tasks.

Extensive research over recent years by researchers including John Hattie and Dylan Williams has shown that a personalised learning environment significantly improves student learning outcomes. This is achieved through the effective application of assessment for learning practices and by maximizing the connection between the needs of the learner, the learning opportunities presented to them and the formative feedback that they receive.

With the use of a wireless network and netbook computers, all our students have access to Information Technologies. We recognise that learning and innovation skills prepare students for life and work in the 21st century. We focus on creativity, critical and higher order thinking, independence, organization, communication and collaboration.

Student voice is also an integral part of our education programs. This may occur through classroom meetings, individual conferences, student surveys and Student Leadership Program. We acknowledge that students have unique perspectives on learning, teaching, and schooling, and should have the opportunity to actively shape their own education. Our students actively contribute to decision making processes and are given opportunities to put forward their views, concerns and ideas. Student voice allows students to engage, participate, lead and learn.

Our work in personalising learning is to support each student’s learning needs to develop deep conceptual understandings to achieve the learning outcomes set in the Victorian Curriculum.

We aim for all our students to achieve success, make sense of their learning and develop skills and knowledge for lifelong learning. We provide opportunities for our students to make connections with the “real world”, develop an understanding of the learning process and guide them in their future pathways.