What is Big Picture Learning?

We're an alternative learning design that:


How does it work?

The student works with their advisor to identify a Real-World Learning opportunity that aligns to their passions and interests.

They both work with a mentor from the host organisation to design a project that is:

  • rigorous, engaging and authentic;

  • connected to the curriculum and the personalised learning goals of the student;

  • of value to the partner organisation and/or the broader community.


(Illustration of circles here, swap for animation eventually?)


Who is it for?

11 to 16 year olds with low social mobility, demonstrating disengagement with school and at risk of becoming NEET (not in Education, Employment or Training).

Big Picture participants must satisfy two of three criteria on fixed term exclusion, unauthorised absence and unmet potential.

As such, participation will be limited to those who are already profoundly disengaged.


Proven impact

Today, there’s over 65 Big Picture network schools in the US and many more around the world; with schools in Australia, the Netherlands, Italy and Canada and soon India.

Big Picture schools have typically served communities with high levels of academic underachievement, high school dropout rates, and complex need.


US Big Picture School Stats 

(Stat Illustrations)


95 to 100% of the 9000 students served by Big Picture schools in the US are accepted into 2-4 year college, with 70-97% of those heading to college each year (since 2006).

80% of students who attend Big Picture schools in the US will be the first in their family to earn a college degree.

74% of the students who went straight to work after graduation, secured employment through their Big Picture real-world learning placement.