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.

Cost: $200


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.

Evaluation Comments:

  • Today has made us realise we are on the right track but have been given so many ideas to enhance what we are doing.

  • I know I will go back to my faculty and Executive and disseminate a lot of this information.

  • I liked that being in a regional centre other schools were in similar situations as ours.

  • The content discussed was very creative and I am looking forward to trying the ideas in my classes.

  • So valuable would love the whole school staff to see it.

  • Each session had some really good "hands on" parts eg: road map in 'Growing Culture of Assessment' 

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.

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