Do you have a one page summary of information about Hands On Learning?

To download a printable summary click here or for a more detailed breakdown of the HoL methodology click here.

How is Hands On Learning different?

There are three main ways Hands On Learning is special:

  • Preventative – targeted intervention before Year 10,
  • On site – a unique in school option that keeps students connected
  • Quality Assurance – ongoing professional development and support of artisan-teachers by the Save the Children Australia HoL team.

Why is HoL effective?

Student engagement increases through the development of strong long-term relationships that cultivate a sense of belonging and authentic learning opportunities that offer the chance to experience success.

What is the evidence that HoL works?

Hands On Learning has been consistently reported as an example of best practice by leading academics and external organisations including Deloitte Access Economics, the Australian Council for Education Research, the University of Melbourne, Victoria University, and the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD). View their reports here.


What support is available for schools?

Your school will become part of the network of HoL schools across Australia.  The Save the Children Australia HoL school support team helps schools with recruitment, induction training, ongoing professional development for HoL artisan-teachers, project support, and annual quality assurance reports – all free of charge.  They also provides access to a dedicated support line (0413 HANDSON) and facilitate regular meetings  including an annual conference to share ideas, contacts, and experiences with colleagues at other schools.

What is the impact on the rest of the school?

Weekly concentrated care for those students who require the frequent attention of coordinators, the principal class, and student wellbeing has tremendous flow on effects across the entire school.  Building the foundational social competencies of these vulnerable students relieves across the board, transforms classroom dynamics, and helps to lift academic outcomes school wide so that everyone benefits.

How much does it cost?

Schools fund HoL from their existing budgets.  The salaries of the two Education Support staff members comprise more than 90 per cent of the costs, which vary according to the number of HoL teams the school decides to run. A 0.5 FTE implementation supporting around 25 students per year typically costs about $60k, but there are considerable offsets available through the utilisation of Chaplains, maintenance, or other ES staff, and through dramatic savings on capital works projects.