The Footscray Learning Precinct (FLP) will champion excellence in learning and teaching in Melbourne's inner west at all stages of education.
Footscray High School is part of The Footscray Learning Precinct. The precinct will build on the richness and diversity of the community and will provide opportunities for learning in a whole new way.
education based Precinct is described in the literature as a place-based model
that involves multiple parties coming together to align resources around a
common agenda or vision. Resources can be shared, pooled or newly allocated.
Each partner organisation has their own governance arrangements and strategic priorities. The purpose of the FLP should be to complement or add value to the business as usual roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders.
In time there will be a new integrated Early Learning Centre, and potentially one of the new Victorian Technical Schools.To this stage, the planning and delivery of the evolving Precinct has been overseen by a Vision and Leadership Committee with a number of Development Groups covering Pedagogy, Infrastructure, Governance and Communications.
VSBA has taken a major role in planning and developing the infrastructure
program that has committed over $80 million thus far, and the Regional Office
has undertaken the coordination role within the Precinct.
Major progress has been assisted during 2019 with the appointment of an FLP Project Lead and an Executive principal for the new secondary school, the contribution of a STEAM Academic Scholar by Victoria University, and a Priority Implementation Plan prepared in cooperation with SVA Consulting.
between the schools has been facilitated and strengthened by the development of
an agreed MOU (attached), and the development of a Shared Learning Framework that will better support the aspirations
of all learners in the Precinct. The Framework was developed by the schools,
and endorsed at the Vision and Leadership Committee. It sets a direction for
learning and teaching that will shape future work and enable:
The FLP has undertaken extensive and structured discussions to develop and agree a set of Precinct wide values that could guide the next stage of the FLP.
values of FLP partners were used as a starting point prior to strategy
workshops being conducted throughout July and August 2019 to develop a set of
unique FLP values. As a result of the workshops the values of respect,
responsibility, collaboration, diversity and honesty were prioritised as having
resonance with the community to guide the way the precinct evolves in the
following set of Precinct wide values is offered to guide the next stage of its
development, and dovetail with existing partner priorities and practices.
This includes the $10.8 billion invested across the education portfolios to make Victoria the Education State, and improve outcomes for children, young people and adult learners across our State.
participating schools in the Precinct, the Education State means building a
system that provides every student with the knowledge, capabilities and
attributes that will see them thrive throughout their lives, to have the skills
that industry needs, and that employers expect.
The Education State will improve outcomes for all students, regardless of their start in life, promoting foundational learning domains such as reading, mathematics and science, alongside other important areas, such as critical thinking, the arts, physical education and resilience. The Education State Targets are:
Learning for Life – More students achieving excellence in reading, maths, science, critical and creative thinking and the arts.
Happy, Healthy and Resilient Kids – Building the resilience of our children, and encouraging them to be more physically active.
Breaking the Link – Ensuring more students stay in school and breaking the link between disadvantage and outcomes for students.
Pride and Confidence in our Schools – Making sure every community has access to excellence, in every government school and classroom.
In addition to the Education State schools targets, the Early
Childhood Initiatives aim to create a higher quality, more equitable and
inclusive early childhood system helping families get their kids ready for
kindergarten and school, while the Skills First reforms are setting a high
benchmark for training quality and supporting the courses that are most likely
to lead to employment.
The Victorian Government is also undertaking a series of other
major health and transport projects that directly impact on the Footscray
Community. These include the rebuild of the new Footscray Hospital, in
conjunction with Victoria University, and the major infrastructure commitments
to the Westgate Tunnel, and the Metro Tunnel.
Each of these projects will contribute to the rapid economic and
population growth in inner Melbourne, and the further development of the
Precinct will ensure that the local community does take full advantage of this
once in a generation set of economic and social opportunities.