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 Marist Sisters College Woolwich, the ongoing professional development of each staff member is highly valued and related to improving student outcomes
Our school has a focus on a pedagogy of differentiation, with an emphasis on developing learning and teaching techniques to cater for all students. This differentiated focus includes extension activities and assessment for high-ability students. Professional learning can take many forms including whole school staff days, subject specific in-services, meetings and conferences and a range of professional learning programs provided by Sydney Catholic Schools.
Our teachers use the Performance Growth in Action (PGiA) model to write goals and strategies that align professional learning with the school’s annual improvement plan, and their own personal goals.