Quality Teaching, Successful Students
The Quality Teaching, Successful Students (QTSS) initiative will provide an additional staffing resource allocation to improve the quality of teaching in all primary classrooms.
This initiative is being delivered to ensure that all primary students benefit from high quality teaching and learning practices that better meet the full range of student needs.
As part of the Local Schools, Local Decisions reform, principals in consultation with their executive will decide the best use of the resource allocation. The allocation will be used to:
- create collaborative practices in the school and/or across a number of schools to allow teachers to:
- jointly plan and observe each other's lessons
- jointly develop units of work and assessment tasks
- work together to assess and analyse student data
- establish mentoring and coaching practices in the school to provide constructive feedback to individual teachers on lesson delivery, programming, assessment and classroom management
- provide comprehensive and focused support for teachers with accreditation processes and the new Performance and Development Framework.
While principals have the flexibility to determine how best to use their QTSS staffing resource allocation, strategies undertaken to enhance professional practice must be evidence-based and focused on improving the quality of classroom teaching.
Evidenced-based approaches to improve teaching and learning are outlined in the CESE research paper What works best: Evidence-based practices to help improve NSW student performance.
Principals will be required to outline how the staffing resource will be used and report on implementation and expenditure in the Annual School Report.
A phased implementation of the resource allocation will commence in Term 3, 2015.
School enrolment numbers will be updated annually.
Term 3 2015: Primary schools with school enrolments that fall within the school classification bands of P2A, P3A, P3B, P4A, P4B, P5A and P5B will receive a resource allocation based on 25% of their total primary enrolments, using February 2015 actual data.
Term 3 2016: All schools with primary students enrolled will receive a resource allocation based on 50% of enrolments.
Term 3 2017: All schools with primary students enrolled will receive a resource allocation based on 100% of enrolments.
Term 1 2018: All schools funded for entire school year and annually thereafter.
Public primary schools often don't have the resources to relentlessly focus on quality teaching in every classroom.
Public primary schools and schools with primary students enrolled in NSW will have additional staffing resources to increase opportunities to explore evidence- based strategies for school excellence.
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