There is a focus on the practices that prioritise and support the engagement of every student in their learning. Young people are active participants in their learning, making informed decisions about what and how they learn as well as how their learning environment operates. Student wellbeing is an essential element of the learning environment.
The Future of Education Strategy outlines the plan for education in the ACT for the next decade. It is based on what the ACT Government has heard through a conversation with the ACT community and an analysis of issues by a range of experts. The Strategy is based on four foundations and four principles for implementation that form a 'roadmap' for the future.
The strategy is based in four foundations, four principles for implementation and a ‘roadmap’ for implementing actions over the next 10 years.
Teachers are the facilitators of student learning, which begins through establishing positive relationships with students and their families. Graduates entering the profession must be highly capable and enthusiastic. Teachers must be empowered to continue their professional learning throughout their careers and supported to collaborate with purpose and positive impact.
Recognising that teachers and school leaders work in partnership with families, support staff and other professionals, results in a reorientation of schools as multi-service environments. Practitioners, policy makers and system leaders must innovatively collaborate to ensure strong supports in and around schools.
Legislation, resources, organisational structures, culture, public accountability and reporting, teaching tools, data, and information and communication technologies all have an impact on learning. Integrated systems must offer a range of pathways for learners, support equity and deliver the best possible education for every child.
Equity means students are supported according to their personal needs. Equity requires a differentiated approach, recognising that students have different backgrounds and starting points in their learning. Some students may (at times and with some of their learning) require more assistance in order to achieve their best.
Young people want a greater say in what and how they learn. They see themselves as decision makers within their learning environments. The capacity to set goals and take personal responsibility will be important for their future success. Acquiring this skill begins in the earliest years of learning and continues throughout a student’s entire educational pathway.
Access means that each student has the supports they require because educators know them and can respond to their individual experience. Collaboration between schools, students, families, the community sector and other government services is necessary for students to gain access to the right supports at the right time.
In a thriving and inclusive education community, all students and their families feel welcomed and valued for who they are and what they can contribute. A strong sense of belonging is understood as a prerequisite to achievement.