Dusseldorp Forum has partnered with Big Picture Education Australia to develop a parallel pathway to university for Big Picture students.
Big Picture Education is a not-for-profit network of educators implementing an innovative design for schools. Adapted from a successful US model, Big Picture was first introduced to Australia in 2006, and since that time, 41 schools have adapted their learning design reaching over 4,500 students.
Big Picture’s rigorous and highly personalised approach to education combines academic work with real-world learning. It focuses on educating ‘one student at a time’ and inverts the traditional education design by placing the student, their passions and their interests, at the centre of the learning process.
Students’ development and their abilities are measured by the quality of their work recorded in student portfolios. The portfolios are the official record of student learning and achievement.
In 2015, Dusseldorp Forum provided $50,000 over two years to develop MOU’s with participating Australian universities and establish agreed principles, processes, standards and evidence to guide the use of portfolio entry to university.
In 2017 the first five students from Big Picture entered university studying Law, Biomedical Science, Asian Studies, Teaching and Physiotherapy via the Big Picture Graduation Portfolio.
By generating and sustaining innovative, individualised schools that operate in the real world and involve families and local communities, we are making changes to education and to the lives of young people.
Showcases projects undertaken by young skills teams working with local communities in Zimbabwe, East Timor, Kenya and Cape York and gives a feel for the realities on the ground for organisations and individuals wishing to do something similar.
The National Youth Committment was about guaranteeing that all young people have access to Year 12 or its equivalent or a job with training. Six partnerships were established between 1999 and 2001 to explore the capacity of local communities to deliver a Youth Commitment.
Local knowledge and stories create positive change in Burnie
The whiteboard in Kylie Burgess’ office tells a story about the power of community. It’s covered in notes and ideas about turning local knowledge and lived experience into positive change for the community of Burnie in Tasmania’s north-west.
Dusseldorp Forum acknowledges the First Peoples of Australia and the Traditional Custodians of the Country on which we work and live. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and to Elders past, present and future.