What is pre to post schooling?

The move to have early learning centres attached to primary schools is a response to the research showing the positive impact quality early learning has on students’ academic and life outcomes. Here in Western Sydney, the demand for new schools is increasing as the population grows.

This challenges us to think about how we provision for schooling now and into the future in the context of a rapidly changing world. It’s always interesting to observe how other organisations and businesses respond to rapid growth given we are a shift towards services being delivered online. What is evident is that many don’t take the same approach as they may have done a decade ago. Today, it is about being agile, connected, efficient and most importantly, learning focused.

All of this becomes grist for the mill as we think about how to design schools and deliver schooling in today’s world. Our vision is to re-conceptualise schooling away from the traditional model that fragments learning across four stages (preschool, primary, secondary and senior) to a model that is integrated in terms of the learning and operations. In the context of learning, there is a single learning framework that intentionally integrates early years to beyond Year 12 or pre to post schooling (P-P).

These P-P entities are flexible enough to be able to move resources to the point of need wherever that may be on the learning continuum. Currently, school systems are restricted to resourcing either learning learning or primary or secondary, so it is impossible to move staff or resources across these distinct areas. Under a P-P model, resources aren’t duplicated three times over so it means better outcomes for learners. Importantly, spaces are designed around learning not structure so in the upper years, the focus is on students co-designing a curriculum that taps into their preferred pathway whether university, industry or vocational.

Beyond this, it also means that schools become points of engagement for the broader adult community who may wish to engage in post-school study. At its core, a P-P model recognises schooling as more than 9-3pm and K-12. It aims to amplify the transformative effect of education on individuals and communities.

5 thoughts on “What is pre to post schooling?

  1. This is where the implementation of full time and well-trained career counsellors, in all secondary schools, can facilitate good post-schooling outcomes for each student. Career guidance is and must be an integral part of a student’s learning. It is just as important as the 3 Rs, STEM, the Humanities, the Arts, learning support, ASPECT units or counselling support. Unfortunately, in many schools, career guidance is neglected. This has had detrimental effects on many school graduate destinations because they enter post-school courses and soon opt out as they realise they have chosen the wrong career path or course of study. This mistake has cost them thousands of dollars in fees and a delay in their post-schooling plans. However, schools rarely see this impost which in real terms has been facilitated by the school which did not provide their students with good career development guidance.

    1. Thanks for making the comment John. I think we’ve moved well beyond the construct of careers advisor as a specialist role for learning and teaching. The establishment of a careers advisor model is an artifact of a world that no longer exists. The whole concept of what a career is is under review.

      Where we do agree is the need to have teachers who understand that it’s not careers advice, it’s learning how to learn that is critical. This is not a role that only one person can be accountable for.

  2. Love your work Greg. I work with teachers at the top end of learning including Careers Advisors. As a former Socceroo Captain now guest speaker almost every teacher asks me to address “ownership”. Most students today can’t or don’t want to see a future outside Yr12. On many occasions have I heard teachers tell Yr.9- 12 students over & over again not just what to do but how to do it. A case in point is just a simple instruction of “line up in order of their age”. Ask employers what the most important skills they’ll need in today’s work place. They often say problem solving, initiative, effective communication (not on a mobile phone) etc. etc. The employer can teach the job but they haven’t got the time to hold a hand. I feel for teachers today. So much curriculum & so little time to allow these young people to develop life skills. With a man as forward thinking as you what are we doing to motive these young people outside of making them academically smart.

    1. Paul, honoured that you’ve taken time to comment. I enjoyed watching you captain the Socceroos in the day. When I think about this – soccer or any team game is a great metaphor for learning and schooling. It starts with recognising individual talents, nurturing those gifts and then taking collective responsibility to build the team around the learner. There is a lot of cognitive work here but ultimately it is the relational process of learning where each takes responsibility for their contribution to the whole.

      I’m sure as a captain or coach, you would have taken responsibility for your contribution while relying on the players for doing the same. It requires constant feedback and practice to develop those key skills but also celebrating the effort, even if it is not a win.

      I don’t think the issue is an overcrowded curriculum. Most teachers teach what they want and this becomes an excuse. Good teachers need to be like good coaches – they know the core, they know what is required and how to challenge and excite the learner. It may require repetition at times or doing something left field.

      I have been very vocal around the need to ditch the curriculum. It fences learning and creates unhealthy competition. If we start with the individual learner we have a better chance of motivating and engaging each child.

      I see so many outstanding teachers who are passionate about making schooling relevant. The ones I feel sorry for are those who miss marvellous opportunities.

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