Visible Learning aims for children to know the secret of what they are learning and what success looks like and what they need to focus on next. All levels establish learning intentions and success criteria with their students.
In 2015, St Peter’s School was invited to participate in a Catholic Education Professional Learning opportunity that empowers teachers to use evidence of student learning to create innovation in the learning environment. This project is based on the extensive research undertaken by Professor John Hattie from Melbourne University about what actually works best in schools to improve learning. Teachers collect baseline evidence about student achievement, engagement and wellbeing. This is achieved through analysis of test results in literacy and numeracy, video evidence of teaching practice, surveys to provide feedback to teachers and interviews with students on what makes a successful learner.
In 2016 the whole school, implemented an action plan that ensured our students have a common language around learning, can give and receive feedback on where they are in their learning and establish personalised learning goals to identify the next step in their learning journey. A key to this is for children to know the secret of what they are learning and what success looks like and what they need to focus on next. To support teachers in this professional development the school continued to be part of a cluster of local schools focused on best practice that personalises learning for students and provides an evidence base for teachers to know the impact of their teaching.