Global recognition for learning

Pupil power: Shotover Primary pupils, from left, Isabella Ratcliff, Elsie Donaldson and Annika Thornton

An exemplar highlighting a teaching and learning initiative at Shotover Primary School has received global recognition.

The school follows an initiative called New Pedagogies for Deep Learning, created by Professor Michael Fallen.

In layman’s terms, principal Ben Witheford says it focuses on the “soft skills needed in the 21st century world”: collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, citizenship, character and communication.

Schools send in an exemplar showing evidence of the initiative in practice.

It’s then moderated within the school, then nationally by a group of educators.

If it’s good enough, it’s then sent off to be moderated by a global panel. Shotover’s met that standard, one of just 13 schools in the world to reach that level.

The panel described the exemplar as “phenomenal”.

“This global exemplar is one of the strongest each moderator in our group has seen.”

Witheford says the recognition is a “heartening endorsement”.

“Our goal at Shotover is to provide learning experiences that have real purpose and meaning for the children.

“We were excited to see this acknowledged by the panel, which said ‘the learning has a strong connection to the real world and to student’s lives’.”