Our Approach to Teaching and Learning

Our Approach to Teaching and Learning

In 1918 John Franklin Bobbitt pioneered the concept of the curriculum: “The word curriculum is Latin for a race-course … a place of deeds … it is that series of things which children and youth must do and experience by way of developing abilities to do the things well that make up the affairs of adult life.”

The Present Barker Curriculum – dynamic and flexible

Curriculum 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 values thinking and understanding.

In 2016, Barker completed a registration and accreditation inspection with the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Education Standards (BOSTES) for years PreK-12 and received high commendation for the quality and depth of the curriculum offered across the School. Our teaching programs are regularly reviewed and updated to reflect the latest educational innovation and research and NESA’s requirements enabling our students to run their course in learning, and, in so doing, become lifelong learners. For more information visit: http://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/home 

Towards an Australian Curriculum

Barker College has been a leading school in the development of the Australian Curriculum. Implementation commenced in 2014, in conjunction with the NSW Board of Studies’ guidelines. The new English curriculum will be taught from K-6, while English, Mathematics, Science and History will be taught in years 7 and 9. Teachers in other subject areas continue to be actively involved in the curriculum development and implementation process. For more information visit: http://www.acara.edu.au

Contact Us


Dr Greg Cunningham PhD
Director of Teaching and Learning
Barker College
91 Pacific Highway
Hornsby NSW 2077
Email: gcunningham@barker.nsw.edu.au
Telephone: (02) 9847 8399

Dr Brad Merrick PhD
Director of Research In Learning and the Barker Institute
Barker College
91 Pacific Highway
Hornsby NSW 2077
Email: bmerrick@barker.nsw.edu.au
Telephone: (02) 9847 8399

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.