Experts give controversial top marks to ‘hippie school’


“It was very impressive,” said Professor Hattie. “What impressed us was the evidence they had of what worked and what didn’t, and what worked and what didn’t.

Many in the education sector are still looking to use data effectively in the classroom, but Prof Hattie said Lindfield’s system of collecting examples of student work, tracking progress against standards and to the NSW program and to take into account student feedback “really blew us away,” he said. “I have never seen a better system.

It Takes a Village: Students play grand piano during lunchtime at Lindfield Learning Village.Credit:Janie Barrett

One of the strengths of the school was its ability to self-assess and get rid of anything that didn’t work. “Not all children do brilliantly every day, but [teachers at Lindfield] were able to select and focus on these children and subjects, ”Professor Hattie said.

“I’ve done enough [reviews to know] they don’t always work as well as this one. To say that they are perfect is not true, but they told us that before we knew where they were to grow up.

The report also found that Lindfield’s NAPLAN scores were comparable to similar schools, and that its attendance and student satisfaction were above average. However, he could improve in numeracy.

Mr Latham said the report looked encouraging. “But in general, we expect students at Lindfield, in the highest socio-economic area of ​​the state, to have good academic results and strong opportunities in life,” he said. . “My main concern is not to have racist comments and police smear hanging from the ceiling of a classroom 5-6.”

Students at Lindfield Learning Village, on the site of the former Kuraingai UTS campus in Lindfield,

Students at Lindfield Learning Village, on the site of the former Kuraingai UTS campus in Lindfield, Credit:Janie Barrett

Mr. Wong said the February fury looked like “an attack on our ability to make decisions about which school to send our children to,” he said. Parents supported the teachers and the principal, filling the halls with messages of support.

The parents read the report and are “quite shocked,” Mr. Wong said. “It wasn’t surprising to me. It was quite spot on. We took a bit of a risk as parents sending our kids to this school, and while we don’t really need a report to tell us how school is going, it’s always nice to get validated. this by an external authority.


“The way most of us rate school success is the feedback from our children. I have a 9 year, a 2 year and a nice one; they all like to go to school. They have an environment in which they want to learn.

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