Our Approach to Teaching and Learning

Our Approach to Teaching and Learning

Academic Program

The academic program is the core business of any school and the teaching staff at Barker College are committed to a whole-school approach to curriculum development and delivery; the material of the curriculum being various and flexible enough to cater for the needs of every student. Barker has prioritised a curriculum that supports our mission to encourage students to thrive.

A focus on inquiry

The Barker approach to inquiry seeks to enrich and extend students as they move to the more subject-based setting of Middle and Senior schools. A feature of the curriculum in Years 7 to 10 will be units of inquiry that connect and enrich subjects through shared content and concepts. These units will be delivered in a Blended Learning environment. As the curriculum becomes more prescriptive in Years 11 and 12, students can use the inquiry mindset and skillset they have developed to complete assignments, major works, and to continue to support their learning by making connections between subjects rather than seeing them in isolation.

The value of subject knowledge

A focus on inquiry is often misrepresented as undervaluing subject knowledge and overlooking the value of explicit teaching. At Barker, we do not see these approaches as mutually exclusive. Effective inquiry learning rests on students being knowledgeable and being open to seeking deeper knowledge through asking questions. A knowledge-rich curriculum that promotes deeper thinking is at the heart of the Barker curriculum.

Contact Us

Greg Longney
Director of Learning and Enrichment
glongney@barker.nsw.edu.au
Telephone: (02) 8438 7999

Barker Institute

Established in 2014, the Barker Institute combines existing teaching, learning and research initiatives of the School with emerging trends in education.  The Barker Institute was developed to facilitate and support the strategic plan of the School, aligning with key aspects of the vision for the future. Visit their website to learn more about upcoming forums and workshops.

Did you know?

Barker has been a leading school in the development of the Australian Curriculum.