Replied to Inquiry focused professional learning by gregmiller68 (gregmiller68.com)

Effective professional learning is collaborative, inquiry focused and aligned with immediate priority areas of the school. Over the course of this term, teachers at St Luke’s Catholic College have framed their professional learning in response to a driving question.
Initially,  a set of Draft I…

Love the lines of inquiry Greg. I am really intrigued by the challenge of ‘timetables’, especially in balancing the various systemic and contextual requirements.

I asked Peter Hutton at EC17 how Templestowe College managed personalised learning and timetables. His answer was to treat every class like a VCE block.

Having managed a timetable in a P-9, I felt that there were often elements that the junior classes had to adopt in order to fit in with the secondary constraints. Not sure how that aspect plays out within your school?

📓 Peter Hutton and the EdRevolution

Here is a collection of resources featuring Peter Hutton and his EdRevolution. Many talk about change, however Templestowe is a school that is actually shaking things up. It is interesting thinking about these ideas alongside the release of ‘Gonski 2.0’:

  • Modern Learners Podcast #37 – Revolutionizing Education Through Student Empowerment – In a school struggling for enrollments, Peter Hutton spoke about how started the change by asking students what they enjoy. Provided there is one or two electives that students look forward to, they often have a different outlook on the curriculum required classes. Days are structured around three lots of 70 minute blocks with students choosing six classes. Interestingly, without the ability to self-regulate, students are not suited to Templestowe. This culture allows the school to hire students to actually run the school. Hutton is not interested in measuring everything, instead he is concerned about happiness. The secret is not rolling out the TC model, but in actively negotiating your own journey.
  • What if students controlled their own learning? – This is Peter Hutton’s TEDTalk in which he discusses the idea of students designing their own education. This often involves the yes test: Is there an issue with time or money? Does it negatively impact on someone else? It is organised around a five year learning plan. Hutton encourages students, parents and teachers to ‘take action’ and get involved on school councils or other such spaces.
  • Peter Hutton – In this interview on the Educhange Podcast, Peter Hutton discusses his own experience of education and why he became a teacher. He explains that there are aspects that are similar to tradition schools. Students still study English and Mathematics. However, everything is negotiable, but not everything is permissible. Hutton explains that there is a Section 82 in the Victorian planning outlines that allows for personalised learning plans. Some of the other policies include the ten minute policy and that everyone is equal. Rather than focusing on what the future, Templestowe is interested in confident students who can embrace any change. In regards to ‘success’, they have a 95% satisfaction from parents.
  • Breaking the ruler: Melbourne school lets students choose when to learn, what to study
  • Drum interview: Education is broken, here’s how we can fix it
  • ‘We don’t want this to be a dirty little secret’: The school ditching the ATAR – Henrietta Cook and Timna Jacks discuss the move at Templestowe to make ATAR ‘opt-in’ rather than ‘opt-out’. This is an interesting move as it disrupts the ability for people to compare outcomes, therefore changing the conversation.
  • Swinburne University is pioneering a ‘no stress’ route to uni for year 12 students – Tim Dodd reports on the pilot between Templestowe and Swimburne University to allow students to gain entry without an ATAR.
  • The Victorian State Education System…from the inside out and the outside in
  • An Education Revolution: Templestowe College Principal Peter Hutton – Colin Klupiec and Peter Hutton discuss the rise of Templestowe College as a part of the Learning Capacity podcast. Hutton argues that often we are our own blockers when it comes to change and innovation. In regards to learning, there are only different minds and the challenge then is metacognition. Hutton argues that teachers are leaving because they are disillusioned. The big game changer though is getting principals onboard.
Bookmarked The Victorian State Education System…from the inside out and the outside in. by Peter Hutton (LinkedIn)

Establishing and leading one of the most progressive and innovative schools in Australia, and if the Finnish based HundrED organisation are to be believed, one of the most innovative in the world, I have often been asked what is my relationship with the DET

Former principal of Templestowe College, Peter Hutton, reflects on his connection with the Victorian Department of Education. One quote that caught my eye was this:

Unless there are parental complaints, if the school’s numbers are stable or growing and your data is tracking ok, essentially DET allow you to innovate and do as you please. I have loved this level of professional autonomy and dare I say trust shown by DET in its’ Principals. Not really the ogre that people sometimes suspect. In fact many senior staff have provided me with encouragement and professional support during the more innovative years at TC.

I have heard Hutton present before. It will be interesting to see where his ‘EdRevolution’ goes and grows.