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school belonging

Student wellbeing and the importance of school belonging

For young people to flourish at school, it’s important they feel connected to their school community beyond simply having their name on the roll – they need to feel like they belong. A student’s sense of belonging relates to their feelings of being accepted and valued by their peers, teachers and the wider school community. …

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Wellbeing for Learning: Moving to Maslow and Bloom

The impact of COVID-19 on students In 2020, COVID-19 caught students, teachers, schools and education systems off guard with the global pandemic, disrupting the education of 1.5 billion students across 188 countries.  The effect of the pandemic on the wellbeing and learning of students has been unprecedented. In a 2021 report, the OECD revealed that …

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future of education

The future of education; Are we ready for what comes next?

It’s been over a year since COVID-19 first hit Australia and the education sector is still dealing with the impact of lockdown and remote learning.  Last year was a year of firsts, with students, teachers and leaders learning and working remotely for the first time. In the wake of the ‘new normal’, COVID-19 related discussions …

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Why student voice matters – Meet the new Student Voice Advocate team

Here at Pivot, we believe that student voice is more than just asking students to speak up. Student voice is about promoting meaningful dialogue between students and teachers, that turns feedback into action. Why is this so important? Because it leads to students feeling more engaged in their classroom, and allows young people to learn …

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Student voice networking event

Talking Student Voice with the Geelong Assistant Principals Network

Recently, the Pivot team had the pleasure of travelling to Geelong to join the once-a-term Geelong Assistant Principals Network session. At this session, Amanda Bickerstaff, Pivot’s CEO, and Wren Gillett, one of Pivot’s Student Voice Advocates, spoke to over 40 Assistant Principals about amplifying student voice, agency and engagement. Student Voice networking session At this …

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How to understand and manage student wellbeing in your school

Wellbeing is a critical part of our young people’s development. We know from research that student wellbeing affects the ability of students to engage with their learning.  And, when students are engaged in their education, they are more likely to experience increased wellbeing in adulthood. Anything we do to help increase our student’s wellbeing will …

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Northern Territory Learning Commission

Northern Territory Learning Commission: Meeting with Henbury Special School

Written by: Amanda Bickerstaff   Today was one of those special days. I am in Darwin this week meeting with schools across the Northern Territory in anticipation of the launch of this year’s Northern Territory Learning Commission (NTLC).   The NTLC is a multi-year initiative supported by the NT Education Department, Pivot Professional Learning, Eventful …

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Student agency

How student agency influences your school culture

When students are given a stage to stand on and the belief that their voices, and therefore their education, matter, not only are they more successful, but their teachers become better educators and their leaders create a culture of collaboration. Encouraging a culture of student agency creates a learning environment that prioritises student success and …

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