The students I teach now will be graduating at the end of 2028. The world of work has shifted on a dramatic scale in recent years, with success being constantly redefined. Right now, we cannot know what the challenges and opportunities of 2028 will be, but we can prepare our students by equipping them with the real-world skills and dispositions they will need to thrive in the future.

The pace of educational change increased tangibly in 2020. As students learned from their homes, they showed resilience and adaptability. They honed their organisation and communication skills and developed their academic capacity in new ways. The Knox School’s strategy of personalised learning meant we were well placed to transform the way we design learning for our students.

This innovation has continued into 2021, with the pivot from TKS Home Campus to the adaptation of Flexible Learning in Years 4 to 6. During these structured sessions, students are empowered to make choices about how, where and what they learn.

Together, collaboration, critical thinking, communication and creativity form the central focus of Flexible Learning. The famous “Cs” have been explicitly taught in workshops, with students refining the skills through practical activities and challenges.

Goal setting is an important element of Flexible Learning, making it truly student-led. The children set their own direction for the lesson, digging deeper into a concept covered in class. Their focus may be to inquire, research, refine, practise, or create, based on their individual interests and needs.

Students also select the space that is most appropriate for them to achieve their goals. This may be a silent room, collaboration space, digital technology zone or a teacher-led workshop or feedback session. They also have access to specialist teachers and online resources. We are lucky to have the shared, central area between our classrooms, as it allows for connection and flow between the spaces.

To gain more insight into their progress, students share their learning through a series of reflective journal entries. These help to measure progress and hone in on the next steps on their journey of personalised learning.

Through the shared design of this programme, along with the constant refining and adjusting based on feedback, our team is striving to better the educational experience of our students.

We are excited to watch our confident, global citizens step into 2028 and become the leaders of tomorrow.

By Isaac Rule. 

After teaching in New Zealand and the UK, Isaac Rule leads a Year 5 class in the TKS Junior School. He is passionate about concept-based learning and connecting students to the world beyond school.