Quality Teaching Rounds
Quality Teaching Rounds (QTR) is a ground-breaking approach to teacher professional development, with demonstrated impact on quality of teaching, teacher morale and school culture. It empowers teachers to enrich student learning through a collaborative, teacher-driven framework that enables participants to analyse and improve their practice. The approach applies across all subjects and year levels, and builds the confidence and capacity of teachers at all career stages.
QTR workshops are designed and delivered by the Quality Teaching Academy.Book a workshop Find a workshop near you
Current research opportunities for schools
Queensland Department of Education Schools
The Queensland Department of Education has partnered with the Teachers and Teaching Research Centre together with the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Queensland to test the impact of Quality Teaching Rounds on student outcomes in Queensland in 2021. To be eligible, schools should have at least two teachers who will be teaching Year 5 and/or Year 6 in 2021 and two other teachers to make up a professional learning community of four (can include a group of schools).
Eligible regions include Darling-Downs South West, North Coast, Metropolitan, and South East. Up to $7,000 is available to cover workshop attendance and teacher release.
A randomised controlled Trial with 168 teachers from rural, remote and small NSW Department of Education schools to assess the impact of digitally delivered Quality Teaching Rounds. Up to $3,000 per teacher is available for teacher release.
Building Capacity for Quality Teaching in Australian Schools
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. Read more about the early results here.
Impact of COVID-19 on NSW school students
NSW Department of Education partnered with the TTRC to investigate the impact of COVID-19 on student learning in 2020.
TTRC is uniquely positioned to conduct this research, having carried out baseline data collection for its QTR research project in Term 1 2020 and with directly comparable data collected in Terms 1 and 4 of 2019.
Report and peer reviewed paper currently under review.
What is QTR?
After taking part in a two-day workshop, teachers return to their schools and form professional learning communities (PLC) of four teachers to conduct a ‘set of rounds’. A ‘round’ typically occurs over a day, involving a professional reading discussion, a lesson observation coded through the lens of the Quality Teaching model, followed by deep analysis and discussion of the lesson. This process is repeated on separate days until each teacher in the PLC has taught an observed lesson.
The QTR process
- ARC Discovery “Investigating the efficacy, complexity and sustainability of Teacher change” (DP 180100285) (2018 – 2021)
- Building Capacity for Quality Teaching in Australian Schools (Paul Ramsay Foundation, 2018 – 2022)
- Project Launch booklet
- Improving teaching quality through peer observation and feedback: An investigation of the impact of Quality Teaching Rounds (NSW DEC 2014-2015)
- Investigating Quality Teaching Rounds to Support Teacher Professional Learning (ACT QTR) (ACT ETD, 2012)
- Effective Implementation of Pedagogical Reform (EIPR) (ARC Linkage/Parramatta CEO, 2009–2012)
- Systemic Implications of Pedagogy and Achievement in NSW Public Schools (SIPA) (ARC Linkage/NSW DET, 2004-2007)
Please contact the research team at the University of Newcastle by emailing QTR@newcastle.edu.au.
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