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Across Australia and overseas, it is well understood that education and schooling needs to evolve, so that students are better prepared for life, economic change, and even global, political or social uncertainty. Schools are seeking to engage students – enthusiastically and meaningfully – in every aspect of their learning, from the moment their school journey begins until the time they graduate.

The goal is to shape students’ development according to their individual needs – yet, the model of ‘what school should be’ has, traditionally, been difficult to adapt.

On this edition of The Art of Teaching in podcast, The Scots College’s Director of Research and Professional Learning, Dr Hugh Chilton, discusses a range of issues relating to contemporary – and highly agile – approaches to education, how schools can: see student agency afresh, see opportunities for improvement, and recognise that the modern-day learning environment is very different to the one experienced by previous generations.

“Education is not neutral,” he says, “… we need to be really deliberate about how we form students across their whole time at school and into the future.

“[We want students to be] … flourishing human beings who go on to make a meaningful contribution that’s grounded in a strong sense of who they are, their purpose and their place in the world.”

Set aside some time to listen to the full podcast here.

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William Elder


Mr Alan Elder was born in Scotland and migrated to Australia with his parents at a young age. He attended The Scots College for all his schooling, graduating in 1944. He played 1st XI Cricket and was a member of the College Cadet Unit. After leaving school Mr Elder studied accountancy and retained a life-long love of the College, especially the Pipes and Drums. Mr Elder never married, however the significant bequest he left will allow his Scots family to remember him through the Lang Walker Business Centre.