Welcome to Big Picture Learning Australia


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

Globally the explosion of technology is transforming the way we work, think, communicate and live. Yet the way we do education has not caught up with these changes.

At Big Picture Learning we work with predominantly public 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, passion-based learning is the key to modernising education and preparing young people uncommonly well for successful futures. We nurture creativity, curiosity and independence.

We work with predominantly public schools, education departments and curriculum authorities to transform outcomes for young Australians.

BPLA 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

BPLA Foundation Program - Halls Head College WA 2023

The BPLA Foundation Program is on in Western Australia again.
The program caters for schools and participants planning to implement the design or to train staff to undertake employment within an already established Big Picture context in the new school year.


5-Day Foundation Training - NSW

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


The Big Picture Learning Design



Each student has a personalised learning plan designed around their passions and interests, with links to the curriculum.



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 do community service or complete an internship with an expert mentor to gain insight into a field of interest.



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