Positive findings for Launceston Big Picture School Evaluation

Jeremy Rockliff,Minister for Education and Training

A personalised, interest based learning program for students at the Launceston Big Picture School has presented an array of benefits and positive educational outcomes for learners according to a recent report.

The evaluation report by the Peter Underwood Centre has found that the Launceston Big Picture School pilot program saw students regularly connect with real-world mentors and learn in a small, supportive environment.

The Big Picture’s rigorous and highly personalised approach to education combines academic work with real-world learning. It focuses on educating ‘one student at a time’ and places the student, their passions and their interests, at the centre of the learning process.

The evaluation focused on whether the Big Picture Education design was being successfully implemented, if students were learning in the broadest possible sense and how students’ learning would support them after they leave school.

The findings of the report indicated that the Launceston Big Picture School had successfully established itself in the education landscape and moved beyond the ‘pilot’ phase. Nine opportunities for future focus were identified.

The Department of Education will establish a Reference Group to consider the recommendations and to work collaboratively with Big Picture Education Australia.

A number of Big Picture programs and classes are also currently offered at Sorell School, Kingston High School, Ogilvie High School and Montrose Bay High School.

The Tasmanian Government is committed to lifting educational outcomes in the state, and providing the best opportunity for students to learn, grow and thrive.

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