Teaching and Learning

What is an education worth having?

We really want to have a conversation, a conversation about what education ‘can be’. We (educators) hear a lot of talk about learning needing to become more holistic, experiential, co-constructed and personalised. There are also strong arguments for education to be integrated with and connected to real-world problems and opportunities to cultivate the skills that support lifelong learning.

There is another side, one littered with challenges and potentially opportunities. Education is not something that stands still or should stand still. It evolves to reflect and sometimes react to the world around us. Global forces of economic competitiveness, trade and international relations and technological progress have opened up the commercialisation of education through standardisation of testing, curricula, ‘big data’ and league tables. On a national level, education policy has impacted both positively and negatively on students and their families through funding plans, community decision-making abilities and levels of school autonomy.

What is an education worth having?

At St Paul’s School, we have been grappling with these bigger picture issues and thinking carefully about how they might impact us, most importantly our students and their families. Led by questions such as ‘what do we need to do to better prepare our young people for today and tomorrow?’, and ‘what is an education worth having?’, our five Heads of Learning (pedagogical coaches) have captured the essence and philosophy of our approach to learning.

Six short videos capture this thinking and are being launched consecutively each Friday. The videos are designed to open discussion about the challenges and opportunities now and for the years ahead. We acknowledge that everyone’s context and story is different, but think that what is at stake (children’s education) is too important to just maintain the status quo. For too long, education has been a follower rather than a leader for real change. Each video release will be followed with a quick Twitter chat THE FOLLOWING Monday evening between 8:30-9:00pm (AEST) under #edworthhaving. The questions will be posted on the Sunday night before. We would also love to have volunteers to moderate/host the short chats (which will be storified). We hope you can join us.

YouTube linkView the videos



Learning Frontiers is a collective initiative created to transform teaching and learning so that every student succeeds in an education worth having. It will bring together students, families and carer’s, other public services, community groups and industry to center efforts on young people, brining education to life in a relevant and empowering way.

Learning Frontiers and St Paul's School


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Jon Andrews
Executive Director of Teaching and Learning

Last modified on 19 October 2014 at 20:59