Hands on Learning

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    One day a week a small group of students are taken out with two Artisan teachers to engage in hands on, practical projects around the school as well as in the community. It is a day where students can have a break from every day school, form close friendships in a small group,learn practical skills and be mentored. The program incorporates reflective practise through the use of Focus Plans at the beginning and at the end of each day. The four pillars of Handson Learning are;

    1. a safe place to being,

    2. a group to belong to,

    3. real things to do

    4. a chance to give back.

    The program is run at school on the school grounds encouraging the students to re-engage and stay connected to school. 

    Hands on Learning has a proven success record of engaging students back in to school, improving attendance and developing life-long practical skills. The school-based practical program increases student achievement by creating opportunities for young people to discover their talents and experience success. The program has been recognised for its innovativeness, impact and scalability, with the listing noting that Hands on Learning is about being brave enough to try something that isn’t traditional schooling for at least one day per week.

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      • Service Name

        Hands on Learning

      • Service Address

        33 Lincoln Square South, Carlton Vic 3053 |Locked Bag 5000, Fitzroy, Vic 3065

      • Phone

        0413 426 376)

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      • Service Area


      • Service Hours

        School hours

      • Age Group

        9 - 18

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    More information for teachers, wellbeing staff and service professionals

      • Participation Length

        As long as it is required. Indefinite length.

      • Participation Type

        Students who are disengaged or at risk of disengaging from school and need intervention.

      • Staff Profile

        Hands on Learning is managed by Save the Children Australia. Hands on Learning is supported by School Support Managers employed by Save the Children.

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      • Who Can Refer

        Anyone is welcome to contact us in regards to starting Hands on Learning at your school.

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