The Creation, Sustaining and Revitalisation of the ACT Secondary College Model
The Australian Capital Territory’s (ACT) secondary colleges are one of the few core whole-of-system school changes globally that has been sustained for a significant time.
Virtually every other core change made in the last sixty years in schools worldwide has in time regressed to its traditional form.
The colleges are an exception, whose creation and forty-three years of sustained operation needs to be better understood by all the world’s educators and governments, but particularly those in the ACT.
This historical analysis by two who were involved in their development seeks to explain why such a substantial change was possible, and to provide some light on why it has been sustained.