For the Love of Learning – Student Empowered Learning – Epi#37


For the Love of Learning Episode 37


Show Title:

Student Empowered Learning Means Taking Control

Monday October 26, 2015  9:00 pm – 11:00 pm EST
Tuesday October 27, 2015 1:00 am – 3:00 am GMT

Special Guests:

Peter Hutton

And the students:

Owen Swift 16yo
Shadia Ibrahim 15yo
Tahlia Sadler 12yo
Blake Pollock 17yo
Tanika Dailsley 16yo


Tonight we have a group of very special guests. We are joined by five teenagers who attend Templestowe College, a secondary school in Melborne Australia. This is no ordinary high school though, this is a place that promotes students taking control of their own education.

Also, we are joined by the schools principal who spear heads the movement. Peter Hutton, a self described teenager trapped in an adult body, hated his own school experience. Peter developed an educational model that allows students to individualize their education and where students and staff share control in the running of the school. Revolutionary! I think so.

Bios of Tonight’s Guests:

Peter Hutton

PHU-6Peter Hutton hated his own school experience, where he felt that education was being done “to him”. He has spent the past 25 years in schools trying to bring about reform where students are empowered to take control of their own learning. As Principal of Templestowe College he has finally developed an educational model that allows students to individualise their education and where students and staff share control in the running of the school.

Templestowe College

Templestowe College, or TC as it is often known, is an educationally progressive, coeducational, government secondary school, located in Victoria Australia, which supports 700 students from the ages of 11 to 20 to Take Control of their own learning.

@TC students drive their own learning. Our Learning Community, which comprises students, staff, parents and members of the wider community are committed to the philosophy that students have far greater skills and abilities than they are generally given credit for. With the support and guidance of parents and staff have the ability to manage their own education and have the freedom to explore their passions and interests in the depth that they choose. Every student has their own individualised learning plan that they develop which guides them for the next five years.

We have deliberately removed many of the restrictions that “traditional” schools place on students, such as year level structures, single age classes, bells, fixed starting times, detentions, and students are strongly encouraged to have phones with them. We employ many of our own students to help run the school and many students operate their own for profit businesses. Some students are even employed by the TC consultancy to work with other schools to help spread the message of student empowered learning.



Lainie Liberti

As always, you can find out more about your host, Lainie Liberti at her website and the alternative education & world schooling project she runs with her teenage son at: You can also connect with her on twitter @ilainie & facebook.

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