In the 5 years that the ELL project has been operating across the Port Augusta / Quorn Partnership there have been clear gains in achievement and engagement in relation to numeracy learning. However over those 5 years the impact of the project has also extended beyond the partnership. The information below comes from Professor Martin Westwell and is about the ripples of the project, the how and where this project is spreading it's influence.
The Science of Learning Research Centre (SLRC) chose to highlight our work as the first case study in their annual report. The case study for the partnership is below as is the entire report.
The Australian Research Council has also picked up this story and will feature it in a publication highlighting the impact the research they have funded has had in every discipline.
The SLRC will be holding an International Conference in Brisbane in September with academics and education leaders from around the world. Flinders University in conjunction with the Port Augusta / Quorn Partnership have been invited to give a workshop specifically about the Pt Augusta work and write a chapter for a book that will come out of the conference. Below is a link to the conference website.
The model that the Flinders Centre for Science Education in the 21st Century has developed with the partnership has been the basis for their work various schools and a successful large grant application to the Myer Foundation. This grant will allow Flinders to work with three other partnerships across South Australia. The Myer Foundation see this as a proof of concept at a larger scale so that education systems around Australia might be encouraged to adopt the approach.
Professor Westwell also notes that he talks about the work with the partnership at almost every one of tne numerous keynote presentations he gives. Some of the audiences for these include partnership pupil free days or interstate and international events. Earlier this Year he was the IB Schools Australasia visiting speaker and talked about the project to teachers and leaders from IB schools in Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland and Adelaide.