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 college has identified the following priorities for professional learning in the next three-five years:
- Demonstrate an understanding of diverse needs through differentiation
- Create environments that promote relationships and high levels of student engagement
- Implement explicit and effective teaching strategies
- Apply quality assessment and feedback
- Practice effective collaboration
- Embed strategies that promote achievement in literacy and numeracy.
Approaches to professional learning are informed by the latest data and contemporary research.