Across the education sector there is recognition from those on the ground as well as policy makers that educating our young people is the responsibility of an entire community – Collaborative Education.
Collaborative Education differs from other forms of education in two main ways. First, it has networks at its centre. Second, it utilizes authentic and applied teaching and learning practices.
Research from the Department of Education, Employment and Work Relations, shows that young people who participate in Collaborative Education are able to understand education in relation to their self and their career. As such they are more likely to be engaged in school, have better educational outcomes, aspire to higher status occupations and have smoother transitions to employment or further education.
The Beacon Model is designed to provide school and communities with the support and infrastructure to develop a sustainable collaborative approach to education, improving outcomes for young people across Australia.