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Reshaping the middle years: engagement and achievement 2022027WB is a Course

Reshaping the middle years: engagement and achievement 2022027WB

Aug 4, 2022 - Dec 30, 2022

$600 Enrol

Full course description

Date and time 

Day One: Thursday 04 August 2022 4.00 pm to 6.00pm

Day Two: Wednesday 24 August 2022 4.00 pm to 6.00pm

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 reviewing your pedagogical approach in the middle years of schooling (Years 5 to 9 particularly) and keen to connect with a network of like-minded educators.


Research in many countries, including Australia and New Zealand report concerning levels of disengagement with learning in the middle years of schooling. This has a significant effect on behaviour management, student and staff wellbeing as well as academic achievement of students. This workshop provides design thinking strategies for teachers to engage with ideas that are challenging and relevant to their students whilst also meeting the requirements of the Australian or Victorian Curriculum. The workshop explores the importance and logistics of transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary learning as well as tools to track and assess students' learning. The workshop considers strategies to reshape the middle years by developing student agency, action and self-efficacy through involvement in all facets of learning from planning to assessment.


This learning event supports creating best practice toward meeting 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                     
  • Care, Safety and Welfare of Students – Student behaviour management (discipline)                                   


Key takeaways               

  • strategies to enable student voice and ownership which is fundamental to engagement and wellbeing in the middle years
  • ideas to make learning relevant and rigorous and develop learning communities of students and teachers
  • strategies to develop programs where engaged learners call on knowledge and skills from a range of subjects to address issues of importance and design solutions.


Presenter information

David Burton    

David Burton is a Principal Consultant and member of the School Improvement Team at ISV.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.