Catholic Education South Australia

Visible Learning

We believe that it’s vital that our students are able to confidently talk about themselves as active, self-aware learners and that they are armed with a ‘toolkit’ of strategies to help them learn.

With this in mind,  we having taken on the approach of Visible Learning.

Visible Learning is based on the principles which been developed from Professor John Hattie’s extensive research into what factors have the biggest impact on student learning.


Visible Teaching and Learning occurs when teachers see learning through the eyes of students and helps them become their own teachers.

visible learner is a student who:

  • Can articulate what they are learning and why
  • Can talk about how they are learning and the strategies they are using
  • Can articulate their next learning step
  • Understands assessment tools used and what the results mean
  • Asks questions and clarifies
  • Sees errors as learning opportunities
  • Actively seeks feedback
  • Sets learning goals.

Students need to know what they are learning, and what is needed in the task to make them successful. These are known as :

Learning Intentions or WALT (We are learning to….)


Success Criteria or WILF  (What I’m looking for….)