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 Big Picture Learning 5 Day Foundation Program - Roebourne WA

The BPLA Foundation Program is on again!


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.


The Big Picture Learning 5 Day Foundation Program - Canberra, ACT

This is the Big Picture Learning 5-Day Foundation Training course. This training program would be an opportunity for those who aren't able to attend the Tasmanian Foundation Training in late May. The course is proposed to run from 1st - 5th July.


The Work of a BPL School Coach: An Introduction

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 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