Capabilities in action

To thrive in a fast-changing world, young people need to leave school with a set of essential capabilities as well as knowledge and skills. With a range of partners, we’re exploring how best to cultivate these capabilities in young learners.

In Victoria, the VCAA has recently introduced a new curriculum that includes four key capabilities:

VCAA 4 new skills: personal and social, intercultural, ethical and critical and creative thinking.

Mitchell Institute international adviser, Professor Bill Lucas, is working closely with the VCAA and Victorian schools to develop and test how to teach and assess capabilities in the Victorian curriculum.

Our approach

Eleven Victorian schools are participating in this bold and ground breaking program.  They are implementing capabilities in the curriculum in a variety of ways.

The schools participate in a series of workshops with Professor Lucas and receive ongoing support as they trial and discover the best methods to develop capabilities.

As the school teams extend their teaching of capabilities and explore ways to assess them, Mitchell Institute and the VCAA will build case studies and help schools develop teaching and assessment samples. This will identify new evidence and approaches to developing the capabilities of learners, while building a community of practice among schools.