Federation College (P-TECH Ballarat) has been named as one of Australia’s most innovative schools by The Educator magazine.
The Educator has partnered with leading education software providers Schoolbox and Digistorm for the third consecutive year to bring you a list of Australia’s most progressive and forward-thinking schools.
The report once again showcases the top 40 Australian schools demonstrating leadership in change and innovation. While some schools feature for the second or even third year, most are new entries to the list, showcasing the breadth of innovation that exists in the K-12 space.
Tim Garratt, Editor of The Educator, said: “The volume and quality of entries received made selecting the list of schools to profile an arduous task and spoke to the depth of innovative work currently being undertaken in Australian schools.”
Federation College’s VCAL program and partnership with IBM Australia recently saw the school win the 2016 Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Association VCAL Partner Achievement Award.
Federation’s program focuses on P-TECH to address STEM-related future employment opportunities and to enrich the VCAL experience for students. Students have opportunities to connect and build relationships with industry partners and engage in hands-on, project-based activities, both at school and in the workplace.
As part of the partnership, IBM provides a coordinator to work with the P-TECH team to develop teaching and learning experiences; allows the use of its workplace resources to support the delivery of all VCAL strands with real-world applications; and develops a mentoring program to support young people in their understanding of workplace culture, employability skills and pathway planning. And with students and staff, IBM employees brainstorm projects to support the development of workplace learning and soft skills.