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Contemporary approaches to middle years learning to maximise engagement is a Course

Contemporary approaches to middle years learning to maximise engagement

Jul 20 - Aug 17, 2021

$400 Enrol

Full course description

Date and time

Day one: Tuesday 20 July 2021, 10.00 am to 12.00 noon

Day two: Tuesday 3 August 2021, 10.00 am to 12.00 noon

Delivery mode

Online – a Zoom link will be provided 24 hours prior to the event


This learning event is right for you if you are if you are looking to create a contemporary middle years program with an emphasis on integration and engagement.


Global research trends have pointed to disengagement with learning in the middle years of schooling for many years, impacting student learning outcomes as well as student and teacher wellbeing. 

This workshop provides strategies for teachers to address the needs of adolescent learners whilst also meeting the requirements of the Australian or Victorian Curriculum.

The workshop explores the characteristics of the adolescent learner and provides practical opportunities for teachers to develop learning experiences to cater for the diverse needs of students in the middle years of schooling. The workshop also considers strategies to support student agency and critical thinking from planning to assessment.

This learning event supports creating best practice toward the following VRQA standard(s):

  • Curriculum and Student Learning – Curriculum framework
  • Curriculum and Student Learning – Student learning outcomes
  • Curriculum and Student Learning – Monitoring and reporting on students’ performance.

Key takeaways              

  • strategies to activate student voice and ownership
  • strategies to cultivate student wellbeing through curriculum design
  • contemporary approaches to designing integrated learning experiences


Presenter information

David Burton                  

David Burton is a Principal Consultant and member of the School Improvement Team at ISV. Until recently he served as Head of Senior Campus at Woodleigh School, a role which included periods as Acting Principal, most recently during the COVID-19 crisis.

David has a background in teacher coaching and professional learning, curriculum development, middle years innovation and the integration of new learning technologies into the classroom. David has particular expertise with the International Baccalaureate programs. He was the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) Coordinator at the International School of Paris and the Australian International School in Singapore. He has also led middle years initiatives for the Victorian Department of Education.

As a regular conference presenter and workshop leader over the last ten years, David has led professional learning with schools and teachers across Australia and New Zealand as well as throughout Asia, Europe and Africa on a variety of areas including IB program leadership, curriculum planning and development, authentic assessment and service learning. He has delivered various conference papers. He has also completed a Master in School Leadership course, specialising in research into the efficacy of teacher collaboration.