How you learn
Open your eyes to the wonders of learning, inside and outside the classroom in one of our schools. The style of teaching in Australian schools is different from teaching in many other countries. The type of learning that you will find in a Victorian Government school is highly valued around the world.
Classrooms in Australia
In the classroom in Victoria, Australia, students learn in many different ways. Classroom teaching is interactive and exciting. Students take part in discussions and ask questions. The classroom atmosphere and energy are positive and supportive.
The classroom is wherever students learn best: in a school or in a park, a zoo, a museum or a gallery. Learning takes place independently and in a group, in the classroom and outside of class time. Find out more about school life in a Victorian Government school.
Students and teachers
The relationship between students and teachers in a classroom in Victoria may be more relaxed than you are used to, but the relationship is still very much based on respect.
Your teachers will support, challenge and inspire you. They are easy to approach and talk to on a personal level, and they will treat you with respect. Teachers will always help if you don’t understand something. You will also have your International Student Coordinator who you can go for all kinds of support inside and outside your studies.
You will have more personal, one-on-one attention with your teacher. Our secondary class sizes and student/teacher ratios are much lower than the OECD average.
Why learn the Victorian way?
In a Victorian Government school, you will be able to:
- have the best possible grounding in the English language – our English as a Second Language programs are outstanding
- build your own knowledge base – you’ll be more active than just ‘remember and report’
- express, analyse and develop your own ideas and opinions
- learn the way that suits you best – our teachers cater for different learning styles
- use the latest technologies – we are always improving our teaching and learning
- gain the confidence to ask questions and interact with students and teachers
- become an independent, confident learner – we focus on critical thinking and ‘hands-on’ learning
- have a strong personal relationship with your teacher – a key factor in your success.
How we teach
Teaching and learning in schools in Victoria is firstly about exploring and engaging with the world around you. Our teaching methods in Australia are why many of our international students find studying in Victorian schools refreshing and exciting.
Our teachers use the e5 Instructional Model – engage, explore, explain, elaborate, evaluate - to help you learn:
- Engage – the teacher helps you engage with other students, your learning goals and the real world.
- Explore – the teacher challenges you to ask and investigate questions, gather information and develop ideas. They help you as you explore and encourage you to reflect on what you’ve learnt.
- Explain – the teacher provides opportunities for you to show how much you’ve learnt, and helps you to increase your knowledge through reading, writing, speaking, listening and looking.
- Elaborate – the teacher helps you improve your understanding by testing your concepts in lots of different activities and providing feedback on your progress.
- Evaluate – the teacher checks your progress against your learning goals and gives you feedback to help you see your achievements and set new learning goals.
The e5 model applies to each subject you study. See the diversity of things you can learn through our curriculum.
What we teach our teachers
Students need high quality teachers and school leaders in order to learn. We place great importance on investing in our teachers’ skills. All of our teachers are university qualified. They are always updating and expanding their skills through our professional learning program.
See our Principles of Learning and Teaching to find out what guides the way we teach and the way our students learn.
How we lead
In Victoria, we believe that great leadership drives excellence in the classroom. That’s why we see our teachers as leaders, as well as our school principals. With leaders at all levels of a school, students have many levels of guidance and support.
So we support both teachers and principals to expand their leadership skills. We see five key domains of leadership: educational, technical, human, cultural and symbolic. We’ve even been recognised by the OECD for our achievements in leadership.