‘A new design for learning’
In the development of the Annual School Improvement Plan, the focus for all members of the school community identified the will for students at the school to perform at and above the National Mean across the Curriculum, with specific targets established to achieve this goal within the life of this plan.
In further developing the role of our students in mapping the journey towards this goal is the place of the CSPS Learning Commission.
Following the lead of schools within both ‘The Harris Federation’ and ‘Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP)’, central to the success of these models is a clear and rigorous process to engage the entire school community in framing the competencies we value, identifying specific benefits to our learners and teachers through the co-creation of practical enquiry and research (staff and students), a clear sense of the entitlements for every learner, teacher and the role of the curriculum in providing the opportunity to develop our core competencies and finally, a clear and defined ‘CSPS Design for Learning’. This will ensure that senior leaders are held responsible and accountable for realising the entitlements and that improvement plans and priorities draw on this framework for developing outstanding learning and teaching.
CSPS understands the importance through ongoing partnerships with the NT Music School (BEAT), Tennis Australia, AFL NT and the Royal Australian Air Force; Casuarina Street Primary School understands the importance of collaborating with others to amplify success. As a school who have also experienced great success through a systematic and consistent School Wide Positive Behaviour Systems Approach, the role of the Learning Commission would be to connect a range of existing partner schools in the Katherine region with the importance of this work; connecting leaders with NT and Australia wide expertise, empowering our student leaders to connect with schools across the Territory and challenging the way we work to optimise our delivery to prioritise the competencies we recognise are critical to the success of our students.
‘CSPS leads the Northern Territory Learning Commission’
Principals and Teachers from 16 Katherine and Darwin schools including: Casuarina Street Primary School, Clyde Fenton Primary School, Katherine School of the Air, Katherine South Primary School and Macfarlane Primary School, Katherine High School, Manyallaluk School and Ngukurr School came together to establish a ‘Learning Commission’ for the Katherine and Darwin regions Learning About Learning NTLC 2017.
The Commission leaders worked together to establish the intended Role, Purpose and Legacy of the work and planned for the next steps to come and the engagement, voice and agency of Student Commissioners to co-design and learn alongside school leaders to collectively realise these aspirations.
The Northern Territory Learning Commission is an ambitious initiative designed to build an improvement in student engagement, motivation and learning across the region. It is about empowering young people and adults to work in partnership towards a key goal, to discover and share what it means to make learning both highly engaging and effective and to connect ideas and investigation to provide support and motivation for others who are seeking to support their students to meet their incredible potential.