What is TAP?
The Timboon Agriculture Project (TAP) is a partnership between the Timboon P-12 School and the industries, and community around us, resulting in significant improvements in student learning outcomes and engagement.
The initial goals were-
1- Increase applied learning opportunities for students,
2- Increase the uptake of Maths/Science, especially at senior levels
3- Increase community engagement
4- Increase retention rates
5- Increase an awareness of agricultural career opportunities
The partnership project started by Timboon P-12 School and WestVic Dairy in mid-2012 has grown beyond expectations through the generous sharing of skills and knowledge by local community members and businesses: dairy farmers and other agriculturalists and horticulturalists—working with beef, ducks, sheep, chickens, lavender, strawberries; agricultural service providers from fencing contractors to vets to agricultural research scientists; major dairy processors and boutique food manufacturers; community service providers, school teachers and parents.
Does it work?
- NAPLAN results have demonstrated relative gains well above State and National averages from 2012-2015, particularly in numeracy. The 2016-2019 NAPLAN results indicated secondary numeracy levels continue to sit above state averages.
- Student attitudes to school and attendance rates have increased since the introduction of the TAP.
- Secondary students' sense of confidence is consistently measured by DEET as High, and their positive endorsement in Stimulated Learning increased from High to Very High in 2019.
- Other data supports the retention of our students from Year 6 into Year which was one of the big drivers in the beginning and it is happening each year now.
- At Timboon P-12 School physics, chemistry and biology classes are conducted at VCE level – with good numbers despite being a small school which points to a strong science program and science is heavily connected to TAP
The TAP is a partnership between the school curriculum and the agricultural industry / businesses around us. In 2019, there were 153 individual community and industry personnel involved in the development and delivery of TAP curriculum and associated teacher PD. This equates to 402.5 hours, or $16,094* of imputed value for time generously donated to support TAP initiatives. (*Dollar value of unfunded industry time calculated at $40/hr.) Since August 2012 to December 2019 there have been over 455 people providing direct curriculum content with teachers PD /students.
It’s no wonder the TAP has been described as -
- “The Timboon Agriculture Project (TAP) is a best practice example of what can be achieved with a strong partnership with schools, industry and community” - James Merlino, Victorian Minister for Education (June 2019)
- “ Timboon are dairy champions and we love the excitement and enthusiasm your school has for the industry.” - Vanessa Forrest, Dairy Australia (August 2019)
- “…..inspiring and fits in what is best practice category for fostering Food and Fibre in schools.” - Tony Ford, Great South Coast Food and Fibre Group Executive Officer (2018)
- "It shows the value of using what is in your local area and how learning about food and fibre production can be used to strengthen learning in the classroom."
- Dr Cameron Archer PIEFA Chair (February 2016)
- “… a world class learning experience…” - Dr Sara Glover, Mitchell Institute
- “… an emerging new education model for effecting cultural change.” - Great South Coast Strategic plan, (2015)
TAP Highlights 2019
TAP Highlights 2018
TAP Highlights 2017
TAP Highlights 2016
TAP Highlights 2014
TAP Highlights 2013
TAP into Farm Safety 2015 Victorian Worksafe OHS Achievement Award
Landline "Farm Study" January 2016
TAP case study from the Department of Employment (C’wealth) School to Work.