The Footscray Learning Precinct will bring together education providers and other community and business stakeholders to form Australia’s first preschool to postgraduate education precinct.
In response to growing demand for education in Melbourne’s inner west, the Victorian State Government has committed $15 million towards the first stage of the learning precinct in Footscray.
In 2016 Mitchell Institute was approached to develop a learning framework for the new precinct.
The draft learning framework was developed with input from Mitchell Professorial Fellows Yong Zhao and Bill Lucas, local school principals and teachers, students, community groups, Maribyrnong City Council and Victoria University.
The draft Framework draws on the latest evidence and provides a set of aspirations to help develop the knowledge, skills and capabilities of students at all ages and stages of learning. These aspirations include:
- Literacy and numeracy is core and needs to be enhanced across curriculum areas.
- Learners need to be resilient, but also capable of metacognition – of learning to think and learn – in order to thrive.
- Learners’ health and wellbeing is vital, and will require partnerships with families and community agencies.
- Leaners need to develop strong analytics and interpersonal skills across learning areas. They need to be able to communicate locally and globally and be curious and creative.
- Educators should be central to the Framework’s vision. The learning precinct should encourage collaboration across providers to enhance learning.
- By enhancing teaching and learning across the Precinct, students will be supported to learn and develop, transitions between education providers will be well-managed and students at risk from disengaging will be better supported.
- Spaces for professional collaboration will assist educators to meet, plan and evaluate teaching practices.
- Infrastructure and data measurement can support this vision by providing opportunities to understand and support student progress and facilities to collaborate, create and learn across the precinct.
Following extensive community consultation, the Victorian Government is considering recommendations and next steps for building the Precinct.