At Oxley College, we believe in preparing and equipping our students for their futures by providing the best possible educational opportunities in an inspiring learning environment. We believe our students should be engaged and challenged in their 21st education and constantly review both “best” and “next practice” in order to provide the very best learning. For this reason, we are joining other innovative schools in working with the globally recognised Visible Learning team as a strategy for maximising student outcomes.
Our approach to transforming learning is based on Professor John Hattie’s internationally acclaimed research in Visible Learning: A synthesis of over 800 meta-analyses relating to achievement (2009) and his book Visible Learning for Teachers: Maximising impact on learning (2012). This outstanding research, spanning more than 15 years, involved millions of students and represents the largest evidence-based research into what actually works best in schools to improve learning. This research makes us stop and think about the vast amount that we already do know and take stock of what really does make the difference to student learning.
The major focus of Visible Learning is enabling teachers to see learning through the eyes of their student and for students see themselves as their own teachers. To support our initiative, we have recently appointed five Visible Learning Team Leaders who will work with small teams of staff, across all curricular areas, K – 12. Our attention will be on equipping our students to be visible learners; on the collection of evidence and data to improve learning; on inspired and passionate teachers and on the use of effective feedback as a tool for moving learning forward.
The regular use of student feedback to teachers is already something that we value highly at Oxley College. Our students provide feedback to their teachers on their learning through the use of digital and written surveys, video and audio comments. Secondary students comment on the pace of the lesson, the clarity of instruction, the use of a variety of teaching strategies and the impact of the lesson on their learning. We insist that our students are familiar with the most important feedback questions:
“Where am I going, how am I going and where to next?”
Our staff of highly committed teachers work daily on improving the learning of our students, transforming the traditional experience to one that continues to inspire, engage and activate.