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When staff at Hilltop Road Public School looked at student learning they found that “our students could tell us what they did, but they couldn’t tell us the learning behind it.”

As Cheryl Romer, Assistant Principal, explains, she could set a task which a student could complete accurately, but she would not have any evidence that the student really understood the topic.

Hilltop Road Public School is in Western Sydney. The school has approximately 750 students, with about 60% of the school population from culturally and linguistic diverse backgrounds. The school is in one of the most diverse parts of Sydney, with a low socio-economic pro le and students from over 74 cultural backgrounds.

The school began an action research project looking at how students articulated their learning, drawing on John Hattie’s work around Visible Learning.

Hilltop Road PS initially trialled the use of Seesaw in Kindergarten to Grade 2, but soon found that parents with children in the older grades were requesting that the program be rolled out across the school.

It’s been a game-changer.