Tomorrow's School Today

Tomorrow’s School Today is a project of the Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning -


The equation for learning has changed:

180 students + 1 classroom + 6 teachers = improved learning + zero behaviour issues + fun


What needs to change so that learning is more relevant to the 21st century context?

It needs to look at every aspect of the learning journey with a different ‘pair of glasses’.


If we want to:

- enable the learning experience to be more independent, self-directed, enjoyable, friendly

- establish lifelong learning patterns

- improve learning outcomes

- support the teachers to be comfortable with new ways of doing things

- provide mobile access to information

- integrate curriculum so that the learners can make new connections

- create a community where all are respected and all contribute


Then we need to:

o   alter existing spaces to cater for the new goals

o   create collaborative staff teams to share the journey

o   think in new ways about class sizes, lesson planning and learning experiences

o   saturate the learning environment with digital devices to support the learning

o   allow the change to be led by pedagogy, not technology


Tomorrow’s School Today links space and learning so that students are better prepared for a changing world. In practical terms, it has seen the remodelling of an existing space (the old library) into a purpose-created space for 180 students at Stage 3 level (Years 5 & 6). The six teachers have united into one collaborative team and all work is conducted as a cohesive unit.


A typical day will have 4 learning sessions:

Literacy block - Numeracy block - Integrated Studies (The Journey) - Learning Area Studies (e.g. Italian, PDHPE). The students will have different combinations of teachers depending on their current grouping for literacy, numeracy and their home teacher.


Tomorrow’s School Today has embraced thinking skills development in line with the P21 Framework.

For education to find its direction in the twenty first century, there has to be a degree of speculative analysis as to likely patterns in global developments, an appreciation for the impact of new technologies on the learning environment, a willingness to lead activity, an awareness of spatial concepts as relevant to learning and an examination of the types of skills required for innovative thinking.


The P21 framework includes a focus on:


Learning and Innovation Skills

·        Creativity and innovation

·        Critical thinking and problem solving

·        Communication and collaboration


Information, Media and Technology Skills

·        information literacy

·        media literacy

·        ICT literacy

“After more than 3 decades in schools, I have finally seen an approach that truly engages students and personalizes and differentiates their learning. Ironically, the answer does not lie in creating smaller classes, but rather in one class of 180 students; 6 teachers; one flexible space; lots of creative, collaborative teamwork and planning. The result - learning in abundance!” Mr. Stephen Harris, Principal NBCS