Deep Learning Program

We are highly committed to offering the best education possible to our students. In 2020, our school will be implementing Deep Learning and the Reggio Emilia Approach.

What is Deep Learning?

Deep Learning is an inquiry-based learning approach designed to empower students in their education, allow them to absorb the things they’re learning more fully, and then apply that knowledge throughout their schooling and their career in later life.

Deep Learning experiences are engaging, relevant and authentic. There are six deep learning competencies, known as the 6 C’s:


At Bishop Tyrrell, we want to see our students become lifelong learners, as education continues well beyond the classroom years. This experiential style of learning will help each child to build on their strengths, utilise real-life problem solving skills, and realise their talents, purpose and passion.

Students throughout the world are involved, and we are proud to be developing the Deep Learning Program here in our school.   

What is the Reggio Emilia Approach?

Like Deep Learning, the Reggio Emilia Approach is a highly experiential learning philosophy focusing on preschool and primary school aged children. It is a student-centred pedagogy, using exploration, discovery, and self-directed learning principles that are delivered within a relationship-driven environment. The founding principles of the program are; respect, responsibility, and community.

All children are different and have their unique interests, talents and passions. The Reggio Emilia Approach accommodates the uniqueness of each child’s growing personality over the early childhood years. It recognises that children are innately curious about their environment and the world, and that this curiosity can be a powerful source of learning.

The following principles form the basis of the philosophy:

  • Children have some control over the direction of their learning
  • Children can learn through experiences such as; touching, moving, listening and observing
  • Children form and explore relationships with other children and with material items in the world
  • Children must have infinite ways and chances to express themselves

Developed in Italy, Reggio Emilia is named after the city of its origin.