Quality Teaching, Successful Students FAQs

How will Quality Teaching, Successful Students change schools?

The Quality Teaching, Successful Students initiative will provide further support to teachers and school leaders to deepen their skills and knowledge bases.

Teachers need to be developed, supported and encouraged to create the inspired learning that will develop lifelong capacity in their students.

Over 1,000 of the state's best teachers will take on a leadership role with responsibility for lifting the quality of teaching in schools.

Why is this initiative being implemented?

To further improve student results in primary schools, we need to focus on improving the quality of teaching. The Quality Teaching, Successful Students initiative will give public primary schools additional resources so they can enhance professional practice in their schools by using evidence-based strategies to improve the quality of classroom teaching including collaboration, mentoring and reflective practice.

High performing school systems share a relentless focus on improving the quality of teaching. They focus on beginning teachers and existing leaders, they recognise that all teachers benefit from a sustained focus on improving the quality of teaching practice.

The Quality Teaching, Successful Students initiative will provide all public primary schools with the funding they need to ensure teachers, from those who are just starting their careers to those who have been teaching for decades, can participate in this initiative.

What will schools receive?

Upon full implementation of the initiative, a school of approximately 500 students could expect to receive additional staffing resources of up to four days per week. This would enable highly skilled teachers to provide professional learning to enhance quality teaching.

How will students benefit?

Conservative estimates suggest that a student with an effective teacher can achieve in three-quarters of a year what would take a full year with a less-effective teacher.

Which code will schools use to employ staff against their QTSS allocation?

Primary schools who have received a Quality Teaching, Successful Students (QTSS) resource allocation on their 2015 Revised entitlement should use the unfilled vacancy code to employ staff against this entitlement.

Non-229 schools should use CEPS code 150

229 schools receive the QTSS resource allocation in their 2015 Revised RAM and should use CEPS code 020

How many schools will benefit?

Additional staffing resources will be provided to all NSW public primary schools and schools with primary students enrolled.

How much funding can schools expect to receive?

Additional funding of $224 million will be provided to all public primary schools and will be phased in from July 2015.

This commitment by the NSW Government means schools will be able to plan for the future to make best use of this recurrent funding. Schools will receive funding for additional staffing which will be used flexibly to meet the local needs of teachers in their schools.

How will you know that the program is working?

NSW public schools report to parents and the school community through their annual school report. The Quality Teaching, Successful Students initiative will be monitored as a key strategy within the school plan and reported on in the Annual School Report.

The measure of success will be improved student learning outcomes.

How does this funding fit with other key DEC reforms?

The focus of all reform in NSW education has been to further improve the quality of teaching and provide continued support to improve student results.

Quality Teaching, Successful Students — combined with the increased local decision-making authority in schools — will enable principals to directly target further improvements to the quality of teaching provided.

Which schools will be involved initially? When do they start?

DEC will work closely with stakeholders to develop a phased approach to this initiative. Phase 1 schools will commence in July 2015.

Is this resourcing provided for primary executive staff only?

No. Principals will select highly skilled deputy and assistant principals and/or teachers depending on the context of their school. The local process would allow the principal to determine who can best support the initiative and its intended results.

Are there additional reporting requirements?

No. The Annual School Report will allow the school to publicly report on the initiative and the results achieved over time.

What research has informed this initiative?

The Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation (CESE) has conducted a review of the relevant research and literature available on the CESE website.

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