More Than 30,000 Teachers Set to Benefit from Philanthropic Partnership

A generous, forward-thinking investment by the Paul Ramsay Foundation will enable expansion of the School of Education’s Quality Teaching Rounds program to at least 30,000 additional Australian teachers over the next five years, transforming teaching quality across the country.

Quality Teaching Rounds (QTR) is a first-of-its-kind professional development program for teachers developed by Laureate Professor Jenny Gore and her team in the School of Education at the University of Newcastle. It supports teachers to make a profound and positive impact on the lives of their students.

First implemented in schools in 2009, the approach has been shown to make lessons more intellectually engaging and challenging, improve the learning environment, and make learning more meaningful for students.

Great teaching is foundational to the well-being of individuals, communities, and the nation. I am deeply honoured and truly delighted that the Paul Ramsay Foundation has recognised the impact and greater potential of Quality Teaching Rounds.

Laureate Professor Jenny Gore

At A$16.4 million, the Paul Ramsay Foundation grant is the largest philanthropic partnership supporting research in the University of Newcastle’s history. It will enable the University, with strong support from the NSW Department of Education, to make a lasting difference in the lives of teachers and school children across Australia.

Education is a powerful investment in our future, this investment will have a profound effect on the lives of children in New South Wales and beyond. We are delighted to see University of Newcastle researchers again at the forefront of work with national and global impact. We are justifiably proud of the excellent research Professor Gore and her team have performed over many years.

Professor Caroline McMillen, University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor and President

Put simply, we have chosen to support Professor Gore and the QTR program because the evidence suggests it will work to strengthen the teaching profession, improve the overall quality of teaching and build the capacity of our education sector. We are delighted to be working with the University of Newcastle and the NSW Department of Education to advance this important initiative.

Simon Freeman, CEO of Paul Ramsay Foundation

The benefits of this program are tangible and profound. We’ve observed improved teaching quality, teacher morale, and teaching cultures across a range of schools and classroom settings. We look forward to entering this exciting next phase of the program with the University of Newcastle and Paul Ramsay Foundation.

Mark Scott, Secretary of the NSW Department of Education