Building Capacity for Quality Teaching in Australian Schools

Building Capacity for Quality Teaching in Australian Schools (Paul Ramsay Foundation, 2018 – 2022)

Funded by the Paul Ramsay Foundation for $16.4 million in partnership with the NSW Department of Education, this initiative seeks to build teachers’ capacity to improve the quality of teaching and student outcomes by scaling up the empirically tested Quality Teaching Rounds approach to teacher development. This will be achieved using processes of refinement, replication, and evaluation ro support wider adoption.

Our objective is to create a large-scale social movement for improving teaching, impacting at least 34,000 teachers across Australia during the five year funding period. We build on existing partnerships with the NSW Department of Education, which have seen more than 1,000 teachers in approximately 200 schools engage with QTR and demonstrably improve their teaching. This project aims to rapidly engage a further 3,200 schools across at least three jurisdictions.

The fundamental aims is to build capacity for improving teaching across the entire workforce of Australian teachers, including teachers in settings that have traditionally faced barriers to accessing professional development (PD).

The initiative involves three key aspects:

  1. Research

The research aspect of this initiative consists of five phases. These include:

2018 - Developmental evaluations of a Training protocol for QTR Advisers and of digital delivery of QTR.

2019 - 2020 - A large-scale randomised controlled trial that explores the effects of teachers’ participation in QTR on teaching practice, teacher wellbeing and morale and student outcomes (in Reading, Maths and Science and feelings of efficacy) relative to a form of peer observation and other forms of professional development happening in schools. Schools participating in this study receive funded places at QTR and peer observation workshops and funding for teacher release to participate in QTR per observation.

2019 - 2022 - A longitudinal study of the implementation and effects of QTR for teachers and schools in a range of contexts.

2020 - A randomised controlled trial of the effects of QTR Digital on teaching practice, teacher wellbeing and morale and student outcomes relative to other forms of professional development in small schools and schools in rural and remote areas. Schools participating in this study receive funded places at the QTR Digital workshops and funding for teacher release to participate in QTR Digital.

2021 - A replication trial examining the implementation of QTR in new jurisdictions. Schools participating in this study receive funded places at the QTR Digital workshops and funding for teacher release to participate in QTR Digital.

If you or your school might be interested in participating in one or more aspects of this research, please click here to check your eligibility.

  1. Scaling

    QTR PD Workshops are being held regularly across NSW (expanding into new jurisdictions from 2020) to improve access for teachers for this evidence-informed PD. Many of these workshops are being supported by funding from the Paul Ramsay Foundation and (for NSW government schools) the NSW Department of Education.

    If you or your school are interested in attending one of our QTR PD workshops, please click here for further information.

  2. Establishment of a Quality Teaching Academy

Due to be launched in mid-2020, the Quality Teaching Academy will offer a central body through which schools, teachers, and Departments of Education can access services related to QTR. The core purpose of the Quality Teaching Academy is to deliver facilitator training and advanced training in QTR for schools; provide a hub for QTR research dissemination and information about PD opportunities; provide a means of building community among and between teachers, schools and systems interested in QTR; and provide overall quality assurance of the QTR process through ongoing research.

Publications:

Improving student outcomes through professional development: Protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial of quality teaching rounds.