A journey of a thousand leagues. Outdoor School – Curriculum design, assessment tools and reporting framework.

Mr Tony Keeble1

1Outdoor School DET Victoria

This presentation is a practical presentation on how Outdoor School has structured their curriculum design.

The journey of a thousand leagues started in 2012.

We now have a vibrant outdoor learning curriculum that is linked to the Victorian Curriculum with assessment tools and reporting frameworks.

This presentation will outline the steps our school took in curriculum design and the finished product. We will explore the curriculum documents and how it is embedded into our schools annual plans and teacher performance and development plans. It will also outline two assessment tools that we have designed over the journey through research. And finally we look at the reporting tools and how the curriculum, assessment and reporting are all linked to each other and the Victorian curriculum.


Tony Keeble is a PhD candidate with Federation University. He is also the Principal Of Outdoor School, a Victorian department of education school. Tony’s research interest include exploring the ideas that outdoor education can be explained through a social framework lens. Tony’s PhD research looks at the role outdoor education can play in developing social capital amongst cohorts of year 9 students from communities in rural Victoria.

About the Association

Outdoor Education Australia (OEA) was established in 2006 as a national network of outdoor education associations. The organisation facilitates communication between state and territory outdoor education associations about the practice and delivery of outdoor education; advocates for outdoor education across primary, secondary and tertiary education; and provides policy advice.

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