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Middle Phase of Learning

Video: Cannon Hill State School, Many Voices - One Vision

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The Queensland University of Technology Showcase Award for Excellence in Leadership
Cannon Hill State School, Many Voices - One Vision

Since 2005, Cannon Hill State School staff and parents have worked together to research and redesign the school's teaching and learning environment.

Many Voices - One Vision connects the renowned early childhood education model of Italian community Reggio Emilia with the development of a culture of thinking and students taking greater responsibility for their own learning. The program has translated into a significantly better learning environment.

The 2008 State and National test in reading data showed significant improvements for the Year 7 cohort.

Cannon Hill State School, Many Voices - One Vision, greater achievement.

The Middle Phase of Learning is Years 4-9. Students make the transition from the early foundation years and need to develop more sophisticated knowledge and skills. Students need to be engaged and challenged by their learning experiences, and be prepared for continued learning beyond the middle phase.

The impact of simultaneous physical, emotional, intellectual and social factors as students move through the middle years of learning creates needs and challenges that are significantly different from those of younger children or older adolescents.

Photograph showing five young female students sitting in a row reading.

In this phase of learning, the focus is on ensuring all students:

  • are supported in their transition from the Early Phase of Learning and from primary to secondary schooling
  • are provided with opportunities to achieve success
  • develop increasingly sophisticated literacy and numeracy skills in learning areas
  • engage in purposeful and intellectually challenging learning.

In 2009-10, there were 237 160 students enrolled in state schools in the Middle Phase of Learning, representing 67 per cent of the state's Middle Phase of Learning population (see Table 10).

Table 10: Number of students in the Middle Phase of Learning in state schools

Number of students - Middle Phase of Learning (Years 4-9)

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

Total

237 420

238 580

239 760

237 160

Proportion enrolled in state schools

69%

69%

68%

67%

Source: Queensland State Budget - Service Delivery Statements, Department of Education and Training

Parent satisfaction with the child's school from the School Opinion Survey (August 2009) in the Middle Phase of Learning was 82.5 per cent (see Figure 9).

Figure 9: Satisfaction of parents with their child's school - Middle Phase of Learning (Years 4-9)

Satisfaction of parents with their child's school - Middle Phase of Learning (Years 4-9)

Bar graph showing satisfaction of parents with their child's school - Middle Phase of Learning (Years 4-9)

Source: School Opinion Survey - Department of Education and Training

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