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.

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Current research opportunities for schools

Victorian Department of Education secondary schools

Victorian Department of Education secondary schools

In a 2019 randomised controlled trial in NSW schools, the students whose teachers participated in Quality Teaching Rounds achieved an additional 25% learning growth maths.

The Victorian Department of Education has partnered with the Teachers and Teaching Research Centre to test the impact QTR has on student achievement in Victorian government secondary schools in 2022.

All participating schools will receive two fully-funded places at a two-day QTR workshop, plus $7,000 in funding for the cost of teacher release to conduct school-based Quality Teaching Rounds.

Complete this form to express your interest in this exciting research opportunity. Places are limited.

Queensland Department of Education primary schools

Queensland Department of Education primary 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 2022.

Queensland state schools are eligible to participate and need at least two teachers who will be teaching Year 5 and/or Year 6 in 2022 and two other teachers to make up a professional learning community of four (can include a group of schools).

Up to $7,000 is available to cover workshop attendance and teacher release.

Spaces are limited. To secure your school's space, please download, sign and return the principal consent form [pdf] and teacher consent form [pdf]
to qtr-qld@newcastle.edu.au.

You can also find additional information for parents and carers in our parent information letter [pdf]. If you'd like our team to get in touch please submit an expression of interest or email us at qtr-qld@newcastle.edu.au.

Supporting Casual Relief Teachers through QTR

Supporting Casual Relief Teachers through QTR

Funded by the NSW Department of Education, this research project provides an opportunity for four Casual Relief Teachers from NSW Primary Schools to participate in Quality Teaching Rounds.

Casual teachers often miss out on opportunities to take part in high impact professional learning. While previous research has shown significant benefits of participating in QTR for both full-time teachers and their students, this study seeks to investigate the extent to which QTR has similar positive effects for casual relief teachers and the schools in which they work.

Quality Teaching Rounds Digital

Quality Teaching Rounds Digital

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.

Find out more about QTR Digital workshops.

Building Capacity for Quality Teaching in Australian Schools

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

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 was 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.

You can read the report in full here.

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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

The process of QTR

Teachers and leaders talk about Quality Teaching Rounds

What teachers say about participating in Quality Teaching Rounds

Alarna is a beginning teacher at Thornton Public School who says that QTR has given her "a really clear direction about what quality looks like in the classroom." Similarly, Adrian, a beginning teacher at Hambledon Public School, said QTR made him "feel a lot more confident in myself and in the way I teach in the classroom."

Tamsin from Peregian Springs State School is among the first teachers in Queensland to participate in QTR after taking part in our 2021 randomised controlled trial. She said the QTR process led to a sense of affirmation in her capacity as a teacher. "It was quite reassuring - it was nice to have your colleagues say that was a really good lesson."

Principals at Cessnock High School, James Sheehan Catholic High School, Glenroi Heights Public School, Hambledon Public School and Thornton Public School have all taken a whole-of-school approach to implementing QTR.

Teachers at Longneck Lagoon Environmental Education Centre have found QTR helps bring learning to life!

A teacher at Longneck Lagoon Environmental Education Centre dressed as the Gruffalo teaches students

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General enquiries

Please contact the research team at the University of Newcastle by emailing QTR@newcastle.edu.au.

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