Lifting Achievement in Years 7-12


This course focuses on developing approaches to improve student performance in public high schools. Prof Wayne Sawyer, who has conducted extensive research in this area, is joined by senior, experienced teachers to share demonstrated, successful strategies and ideas for lifting achievement levels. The course focuses on what individual teachers can do, what faculties can do and what whole school approaches are most successful.


Completing a Lifting Achievement in Years 7-12 course will contribute 5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 1.1.2, 1.2.2, 1.5.2, 2.1.2, 2.2.2, 3.1.2, 3.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


Target Participants

Classroom teachers and teachers in promotions positions in secondary schools.


This course will commence with an exposition of the research which demonstrates the most effective classroom, faculty and whole-school approaches that have led to improved performances by individuals and schools. This research session will be followed by presentations from specific school leaders and exemplary teachers who will describe how successful techniques can be adapted by schools regardless of their background or profile.  The course concludes with a plenary session seeking to crystallise the organisational and pedagogical implications of what has been arrived at. A close evaluation session will conclude the course.

Relevant Journal of Professional Learning (JPL) Articles

High Cognitive Work Across the School Years

Using Formative Assessment Practices to Lift Student Achievement

Becoming a Better Teacher