As part of Sydney Catholic Schools, we employ highly qualified and competent teachers who are accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). To continuously improve our practice, teachers also work towards the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, from proficient teacher to lead teacher level.
The delivery of quality curriculum, pedagogy (teaching methods) and assessment is ensured by our system of schools through the provision of contemporary NESA accredited professional learning in a range of modes. Our Centres of Excellence offer online learning and external face-to-face courses, and timely, collaborative and relevant in-situ learning take place within the context of each classroom. Sydney Catholic Schools’ teachers are strongly committed to their ongoing learning, with many having completed, or are currently undertaking, postgraduate studies in areas related to curriculum, student wellbeing, special education, theology, pastoral care and leadership.
At St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Primary School Randwick North, the delivery of professional development for staff is focused on student outcomes and embedded in teacher practice.
Professional learning is collaborative, involving reflection and feedback. Team leaders share knowledge, expertise and experience in order to deepen learning and to foster a mutual understanding of effective classroom practice.
A whole-school professional learning is based on the Annual Improvement Plan and student needs. Staff’s personal and professional development plans allow for both the school’s identified needs, and those of a personal and professional interest. Professional learning is ongoing, supported and fully integrated into the culture and of St Margaret Mary’s.