Staff Professional Learning

Staff Professional Learning

As part of Sydney Catholic Schools, we employ highly qualified and competent teachers who are accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). To continuously improve our practice, teachers also work towards the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, from proficient teacher to lead teacher level.

The delivery of quality curriculum, pedagogy (teaching methods) and assessment is ensured by our system of schools through the provision of contemporary NESA accredited professional learning in a range of modes. Our Centres of Excellence offer online learning and external face-to-face courses, and timely, collaborative and relevant in-situ learning take place within the context of each classroom. Sydney Catholic Schools’ teachers are strongly committed to their ongoing learning, with many having completed, or are currently undertaking, postgraduate studies in areas related to curriculum, student wellbeing, special education, theology, pastoral care and leadership.

The school’s Annual Improvement Plan directs the bulk of professional learning which is delivered in any given year.

Curriculum Action Teams are assigned to plan and lead professional learning in targeted areas. Typically, these teams focus on the key areas of Religious Education, English, Maths and Newman.

The main methods of delivery are: Staff Meetings, Staff Development Days and small group intensive sessions. Staff also attend some in-service opportunities off site as the need and opportunity arise.

Curriculum Teams design, deliver and evaluate the professional learning for staff.

The Leadership Team oversee the work of the Curriculum Action Teams. At the end of each semester, an Impact Statement is written, outlining some of the key achievements of each team and their impact on learning and growth for both students and teachers.

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