The Country Education Partnership has supported principals, education leaders, staff and school communities involved in providing learning within a 0-18+ years learning approach for around 20 years now.
Such support has provided early years services, pre school organisations, schools and further education and training organisations to work across the 0-18+ years spectrum.
Since 1994, the number of K-12, P-10 and P-12 learning environments has grown significantly with the majority of these education settings being located within rural communities.
CEP continues to support a range of initiatives for principals, education leaders, staff and education communities within 0-18 learning environments (or P-12 education settings). These are outlined briefly below.
1. 0-18 Years Learning Summit
CEP has facilitated two summits in the past few years involving educators from across the state and education sectors to explore 0-18 Years Learning approaches—whether that be within P-12 education settings; K-12 education settings; or clusters of schools interested in working collaboratively together in developing a 0-18 learning approach.
In late 2012, a two day summit was held and welcomed Keynote Speaker Professor Stephen Heppell from the UK who focused on ‘personalising learning’- moving away from grouping students according to their chronological age as opposed to their developmental stage (‘age vs. stage’). Review of 2012 0-18 Years Learning Summit.
In June 2010, the 0-18 Learning Summit was privileged to have Daniel Birch, principal of Discovey 1 School in Christchurch, NZ as the keynote presenter. He focused on developing and supporting personalised and student centred approaches to learning, He challenged and encouraged participants to explore the potential such an approach has on engaging young people in learning and its impact on learning outcomes. Review of 2010 0-18 Years Learning Summit.
Both recent summits have provided opportunity for attendees to;
- Listen to, and interact with, a distinguished keynote presenter
- Partake in workshops to explore and discuss issues and ideas focusing on 0-18 years learning
- Network with other educational leaders with common aspirations for their communities
- Formulate how, as a group of leaders, we envisage the future of such settings and how we can best ensure these unique educational settings are optimised
Other past initiatives undertaken in this area have included;
- The formation of a Statewide Reference Group
- P-12 Schooling Leadership Initiative
- P-12 Education Research Project
- 2007 Report – a two year research project that examined the curriculum, organisational and school/community partnerships in P-12 schools. The study assessed the impact on student learning of these aspects.