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At Keilor Views primary school in Melbourne’s western suburbs, teachers are always talking about “hitting the zone”.

“The zone of proximal development,” Helen Butler, the school’s assistant principal explains. “It’s the difference between what a student can and can’t do … the aim of every lesson is to hit the ZPD, to make sure every student is challenged.

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