A Look at Personalising Learning: The New Zealand Context

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A 21st century education system must be responsive and flexible to ensure every young person can achieve their potential and be set up for lifelong learning. Personalised learning provides a useful framework to connect the many good things we do now in education in New Zealand while preparing our young people for their future. In the New Zealand context, personalising learning succeeds when students know what they know, how they know it, and what they need to learn next. The principles of the framework are that: Children and young people understand and know how to take control of their own learning; Parents and family/whanau are partners in their children’s learning; Teachers have high expectations of every student, know how they learn and how to adjust their teaching to meet individual students’ learning needs. This presentation exemplifies one school’s story through the eyes of the teachers and the students as they critically reflect on their practice and their learning in terms of personalising learning.

Keywords: English, Learning, New Zealand
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Sandy Harrop

School Adviser, School Support Services, University of Waikato
Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand

Sandy Harrop is a school adviser working for the University of Waikato New Zealand. Her area of work is principally focused on in-service work with practicing teachers. Currently, she is working in the field of literacy supporting classroom teachers to reflect on current practice and to develop their pedagogical content knowledge of literacy learning for students aged 5 years to 14 years. Her previous work has focused on supporting teachers in Social Studies and effective assessment practices in the classroom.

Brian Harrop

Principal, David Street Primary School
Morrinsville, Waikato, New Zealand

Brian Harrop is currently principal of an urban primary school of 420 students aged from 5 years to 11 years. Brian has been teaching for 32 years. He has a strong commitment to excellence and works collaboratively with his staff tp provide the best learning envirnoment for his students. brian is currently working for the Education Review Office. ERO reviews schools and early childhood education services every three years, and publishes national reports on current education practice.

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