Rethinking Urban Schools: Presentation and Policy Brief Launch

An increasing school age population in Melbourne's inner-city areas is driving the need to rethink and establish new urban schools.

Join experts from RMIT’s education, design and construction, and urban planning research community for the launch of a critical policy brief which identifies the need to reconsider our approach to urban schools, including how they can respond to dynamically changing learner needs, build seamless connections to local communities, and use innovative facility design to optimise learning, social and environmental outcomes. 


The school age population in Melbourne’s five inner-city local government areas has been estimated to increase between 30-60 per cent by 2026. The Victorian Government has recognised the need to respond to growth in inner-city areas and elsewhere with an extensive program of school construction across the State. The provision of schools in inner-city areas will involve constructing new education facilities within constrained physical spaces – including design of vertical schools - and establishing partnerships with the local community and businesses where no prior relationship exists. Planning for new urban schools presents an opportunity to rethink the way in which education is delivered, including the role of schools as educational community facilities.

This presentation will highlight three areas in which we can maximise the potential of education within a rapidly-evolving urban landscape: promoting adaptive and responsive school leadership and governance; establishing urban schools as community hubs; and innovative facility design.


Please note that this event will be recorded. A link to the recording will be provided by email after the event to those who register and cannot attend on the day.


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