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 open for expressions of interest from schools.

Designing for Deep Learning

Learn more about Designing for Deep Learning

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 $13,000 (+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.

Deep Learning in Action

Deep Learning Showcase Videos

  1. Designing for Deep Learning - Making an Impact
    The first in a three-part series showcasing Central Coast Grammar School's journey with AISNSW's Designing for Deep Learning initiative.

  2. Designing for Deep Learning - Competency Development
    Teachers at Central Coast Grammar School are valuing the student friendly learning progressions that accompany the work. These learning progression tools are allowing their students to understand, own and build their skills and attitudes.

  3. Designing for Deep Learning - The Power of Teacher Collaboration
    The Designing for Deep Learning work includes a Collaborative Inquiry Process to examine existing and new practices through engagement with colleagues and peers. This process is having a big impact at Central Coast Grammar School.

  4. Designing for Deep Learning at Hills Grammar
    An example of Deep Learning focused on Critical Thinking in year 6.

  5. Designing for Deep Learning at Avondale
    An example of Year 6 students deeply investigating the richness of diverse cultures and places around the world. The focus was to develop the Character dimension of grit, tenacity, perseverance, and resilience.

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
Associate Chief Executive: Teaching and Learning
Meaghan Hird
Consultant: Teaching and Learning
Jorga Marrum
Manager: Strengthening Outcomes
Chris Morris
Consultant: Teaching and Learning
Jennifer Woods
Consultant: Teaching and Learning