Learning Neighbourhoods.

Learning spaces at McAuley are known as Learning Neighbourhoods.

Learning Neighbourhoods are based on the following groupings - Reception, Years 1 & 2, Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6.

Learners have a designated Pastoral Care Educator within their Learning Neighbourhood. This educator is the primary contact for communication about matters relating to your child.

Learners may work with their Pastoral Care Educator and other educators within the team for English, Mathematics and other sessions. They attend Specialist Art/Design, PE, Music and Language sessions in their Pastoral Care Groups.

Learning Neighbourhoods assist educators to collaboratively plan, implement learning programs and explicitly teach skills and concepts to the whole class, as well as in groups, according to their learning needs on the learning continuum.

Learning Neighbourhoods enable educators to work collaboratively through collective inquiry and action research to differentiate learning experiences to meet the needs of each learner.    

Learning Neighbourhoods assist educators to evaluate their own teaching. Our underlying belief is that the key to improved learning outcomes is the continuous professional learning of our educators and leaders.

The guiding principles for our Learning Neighbourhoods are:

  1. focusing on improved learning outcomes for every learner
  2. educators working collaboratively and taking collective responsibility for the success of every learner
  3. responding to individual learners who need intervention or enrichment
  4. using evidence of learning to inform and improve professional practice.