Why Deep Learning?

Designing for Deep Learning Network is a specialised AISNSW program that supports school executive and senior teachers to incorporate the learning competencies (6Cs) into their whole of school teaching and learning programs to underpin the curriculum.

Deep Learning integrates academic skills with personal and social capabilities and gives priorities to those capabilities and dispositions that support whole-school learning and living.

The program is opening its expressions of interest from schools for the 2021 cohort.

Designing for Deep Learning 2021

Designing for Deep Learning Network 3 Webinar

Deep Learning Webinar

We invite you to find out more about all aspects of this exciting initiative by registering to attend a webinar on 8th September. You will have the opportunity to hear from current schools involved in the work, ask questions and meet other interested schools.
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The AISNSW offer for our schools

Schools commit to becoming active members of the AISNSW Designing for Deep Learning Network. As part of this network, each school has access to:

  • an introductory professional learning event
  • a suite of validated tools and capacity building resources including learning progressions, rubrics, exemplars, videos, webinars, presentations, and more
  • regular, ongoing coaching and consultancy support tailored to your school
  • exclusive and ongoing professional learning events
  • a facilitated and high-functioning network to leverage collective capacity and learning.

This is a 2-year dedicated program and the offering reflects a co-contribution model through which schools contribute $8,000 (+GST) each year and commit to releasing staff as appropriate. AISNSW provides consultancy support and access to the suite of resources, facilitates related professional learning and the network.

Designing for Deep Learning is driven by your team, for your context, and connects you to a local and global network with a shared purpose. It provides the opportunity to work together with a fresh approach to curriculum, pedagogy and assessment - the vital machinery driving learning success.

Watch the video and read the vignettes from Hills Grammar School and Tyndale Christian School for more information on Deep Learning:

The 6Cs and the General Capabilities

New South Wales syllabus documents incorporate seven general capabilities across all key learning areas. Some teachers report feeling insufficiently skilled to teach and assess these well. Designing for Deep Learning will support teachers to become activators of learning, use progressions to assess starting points and monitor competency development in these over time.  The six global competencies align with the general capabilities as illustrated below.

Personal and Social Capability

  • Self awareness and management
  • Social awareness and management 


Critical Thinking

ICT Capability



Critical and Creative Thinking

  • Questioning and possibilities
  • Reasoning
  • Metacognition

Intercultural Understanding

  • Cultural practices
  • Cultural diversity 



Deep Learning combines evidence-based, effective ways of teaching in meaningful ways

Learning Partnerships

Learning partnerships are cultivated between and among students, teachers, families, and the wider environment.

Learning Environments

Learning environments foster 24/7 interaction in trusting environments where students take responsibility for their learning.

Pedagogical Practices

Pedagogical practices are used to design, monitor and assess learning.

Leveraging Digital

Leveraging digital accelerates access to knowledge beyond the classroom and cultivates student driven deep learning.

Kelly Borg
Head of Teaching and Learning
Jorga Marrum
Consultant: Teaching and Learning
Billie Trkulja
Consultant Teaching and Learning