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.
Our ongoing whole school approach toward professional development is directed in response to data. Our current areas of whole school professional development include the introduction of the wellbeing initiative ‘Be you @ Bosco’ through the new PD/H/PE syllabus, different models of differentiation, student goal-setting, deep learning strategies and as well as focusing on finding ways to improve our assessment practices in all areas of learning. Teachers take ownership of their own professional learning using the collaborative inquiry model. Through the lens of peer observation, teachers use feedback and reflection to improve their practice resulting in improved student outcomes. As well as this, there are opportunities throughout the year for teachers to participate in conferences, system-based professional development days, twilight sessions, and optional PD.