At NHS our teachers are the foundation of the school and work collectively to devise study programs that meet the national curriculum standards and are unique to our particular setting.
Teaching and Learning
In Years 7 to 10 we teach the Australian Curriculum Framework AusVELS (Victorian Essential Learning Standards). Teachers work collectively to devise study programs that meet the national curriculum standards and are unique to our particular setting. In Years 9 and 10 students can choose from a range of different elective subjects enabling them to further customise their learning experience. In Years 11 and 12 students study the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and we offer a broad range of subjects that students can select from. It is common for students who have demonstrated good learning behaviours to accelerate their VCE program by undertaking a VCE unit in Year 10. Students can also elect, as part of their program, to study a Vocational Education and Training (VET) subject.
At Northcote High School, teachers work collegially to design learning experiences that enhance understanding, promote curiosity and support and extend students. Students are introduced to key concepts through explicit teaching and provided with opportunities to explore concepts individually and collaboratively with their peers in a student centred environment. Teachers at Northcote High are mindful that twenty-first century learners require skills, dispositions and knowledge to contribute as successful citizens in an increasingly globalised world, because of this, teachers design opportunities for students to see the applicability of their learning within our world.
This is supported by the school’s Instructional Framework which outlines consistent aspects of practice based on effective teaching and learning strategies. The Instructional Framework outlines: expectations for course development; classroom delivery based on establishing preconditions for students learning; instruction that creates a narrative of learning intention and success criteria as well as review and reflection to connect aspects of learning. This can be viewed here (link).