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Learning Framework

Ballarat High School’s Learning Framework consists of six core components:

Know how and why they learn

Learners are able to articulate their learning strengths and areas of concern. Learners are challenged to build both on areas of strength through experience and areas of concern through goal setting.

Believe all people can learn

Learners are celebrated for their individual learning capabilities and are able to set challenging learning goals to work towards. Teachers at Ballarat High School have high expectations for all students.

Use higher order thinking tools to solve problems

Learners are encouraged to develop higher order thinking skills and apply these skills to a range of complex problem solving situations. At Ballarat High School we encourage learners to analyse, evaluate and question.

Seek feedback and reflect on learning

At Ballarat High School feedback is provided to support the development of challenging learning goals. At Ballarat High School feedback is given and received in a culture of respect. Learners reflect on their development and are celebrated for their achievements.

Learn in a range of different contexts

Ballarat High School recognises learning within and beyond the traditional school context. The Ballarat High School community actively seeks opportunities for students to use their skills and knowledge in the wider community.

Develop positive relationships

We value all members of the school community. Relationships are a core aspect of the learning community at Ballarat High School. At Ballarat High School we develop relationships based on Pride, Respect and Responsibility.

Ballarat High School staff see effective learning as

  • Being built on relationships
  • Being prepared to take risks and learn from experience
  • Being promoted by encouragement
  • Being a shared experience
  • Being scaffolded and linked to prior learning
  • Being purposeful learning
  • Being owned by the learner
  • Being a successful experience for all learners
  • Providing a culture where feedback is used to guide learning
  • Providing a culture of celebration
  • Providing a culture where learning is modelled
  • Providing conditions for learning that are motivating
  • Providing opportunities to apply the learning
  • Providing an opportunity for reflection
  • Providing a supportive environment