A Learning Culture

A culture of learning refers to the environment within a school, among students and staff. The Catholic school's central focus is on the development of the human person. Its core work is teaching and learning. The school culture is marked by respectful relationships among teachers and students, respect for learning, and commitment to social justice.


In a school characterised by a culture of learning, students accept responsibility for investing high-level energy in their work, and teachers are, themselves, learners who demonstrate a passion for student learning of an engaging and challenging curriculum. In classrooms and across the whole school, support for high levels of student effort and achievement is apparent.

Additionally, a culture of learning is characterised by an environment of trust and safety. Therefore, an important responsibility of school leaders is to ensure that students and staff alike are certain that their ideas will be courteously received, and that 'errors' are recognised as opportunities for learning.

Leadership actions

School leaders actively and collaboratively promote and build a culture of learning that promotes teacher behaviour and teacher-student relationships that are appropriate to the vision and mission of the Catholic school. For example, they:

  • Articulate and demonstrate consistently high expectations for learning and achievement
  • Model exemplary teaching and learning practices
  • Acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of individuals and teams
  • Create opportunities for teachers to learn together
  • Initiate strategies and processes to develop and improve a culture of learning in the school
  • Promote and model values of fairness, respect and tolerance of individual and cultural differences
  • Encourage risk-taking by both students and staff, in seeking to improve the quality of student learning.

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