Tanya Davies MP. Member for Mulgoa.

INVESTING IN QUALITY TEACHING IN THE MULGOA ELECTORATE

Tuesday July 28, 2015

NSW State Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies MP has welcomed the launch of a major new investment which will enable some of the best local public primary school teachers to mentor and coach other teachers, improving the results of students.

 

The $224 million Quality Teaching, Successful Students package begins this term and will directly benefit 9 schools in the Mulgoa electorate, namely:

 

Banks Public School

Clairgate Public School

Horsley Park Public School

Kemps Creek Public School

Middleton Grange Public School

Mulgoa Public School

St Clair Public School

Surveyors Creek Public School

Wallacia Public School

 

“It’s great to see these schools in my electorate of Mulgoa benefit from this key election commitment. Improving the skills of our teachers will help students achieve better results,” Tanya Davies said.

 

“Expert educators have knowledge and skills that are even more valuable when they are shared with their colleagues.”

 

The program will enable selected teachers to:

 

  • Mentor and coach other teachers;
  • Observe teachers in their classrooms and demonstrate effective teaching strategies;
  • Monitor student performance data across the school to ensure teachers are focused on areas of need; and
  • Collaborate within their school and with colleagues in other schools.

 

A recent three-year study of 6,000 NSW public school teachers found that collaborating with colleagues was the most significant professional learning practice for primary teachers.

 

“This initiative, made possible by NSW signing up to the Gonski agreement, gives schools an opportunity they have been seeking for years – to use their best, most experienced teachers to improve teaching and learning in every classroom,” Mr Piccoli said.

 

“In line with the Local Schools, Local Decisions education reform, principals – who are best placed to make decisions about their schools – will determine how to use this new staffing resource.”