Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed says good progress is being made on the Shepparton Education Plan.
Ms Sheed, together with other members of the plan’s Strategic Advisory Committee, has so far visited four schools across Victoria to explore learning models that will help inform the development of the regional 10-year education plan.
Ms Sheed said Bendigo Senior Secondary College, Templestowe College, Dandenong High School and Yarra Ranges Technical School were examples of strong school communities that had invested heavily in modernising their approach to education and had received the financial support from government to do so.
“I have been very impressed by the innovation shown by these schools in their attempt to turn around unsatisfactory outcomes in areas of school engagement, culture and academic results,” Ms Sheed said.
“Their journeys reflect many of the challenges we are facing in Shepparton, such as declining enrollments, educational outcomes that fall well below the state average, and a disconnect between school exit skills and local workplace opportunities.
“Often they have taken the step to turn traditional concepts of education on their head and pursue a student-directed approach which puts the learning needs of each individual child at the heart of what they do.
“The schools we have visited represent a range of different models and have provided us with a great deal to think about in terms of what might work here at home.
Ms Sheed said the information gathered during these research visits would be compiled and assessed by the Strategic Advisory Committee as they continue to work towards developing the Shepparton Education plan.
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