Welcome to Big Picture Learning Australia

New Ways, New Forms, New Measures

Big Picture Learning Australia (BPLA) is a non-profit organisation whose core business is the transformation of secondary education in reponse to a rapidly changing world.

Big Picture Learning is actively implementing new ways of organising school, new forms of structuring learning, and new measures for asssessing students, in order to prepare young people exceedingly well for their futures.

We work with schools to implement an innovative design for learning in a range of urban, regional and remote settings around Australia.

At the heart of the design is a departure from traditional ‘appointment learning’ where everyone learns the same things according to a fixed timetable inside the four walls of a school.

We believe that personalised, interest-led learning both inside and outside school is the key to modernising education and engaging young people in learning. 

BPLA works with predominantly public schools, education departments and curriculum authorities and is supported by philanthropy, government, project partnerships, network membership and payment for services.

One student at a time, in a community of learners.

*Big Picture Learning is a trading name of Big Picture Education

Upcoming Events

The Work of a BPL School Coach: An Introduction (WA)

In BPLA the role of the School Coach is vital for ensuring fidelity to the BPL design while nurturing each school’s unique interpretation of the design in their context.


The Big Picture Learning 5 Day Foundation Program - Tasmania

This course is an immersive five day program for member schools only. Learn how to redesign your learning community to engage and inspire learners.


An Introduction to the Big Picture Learning Design - WA

Big Picture Learning Australia would like to extend an invitation for its Western Australian schools to join us for An Introduction to the Big Picture Learning Design.


WA Network Day - Term 2 2024

Big Picture Learning Australia would like to extend an invitation for its Western Australian schools to join us for our first Network Day for the year.


The Big Picture Learning Design



Each student has a personalised learning plan designed around their passions and interests, with links to the 6 Big Picture Learning Goals.



Students learn in small groups of 17 known as an ‘advisory’ where there is a culture of belonging, support and respect.



Students work on a variety of projects in areas of personal interest that they design and manage. They also do certificate courses from further education providers.



Students regularly learn on internships with an expert mentor in the community to try out interests, get skills and build networks.



Students collect evidence of their learning in a portfolio and regularly present their work at a public exhibition. This is the basis of their assessment throughout school.

Graduation Portfolio


The International Big Picture Learning Credential is an education passport awarded to all senior students on pathways to employment, training and university.

Publications & Resources