Lifting Achievement in Years 7-12


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

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 experienced school leaders and exemplary teachers who will describe how successful techniques can be adapted by schools regardless of their background or profile. Participants will work in groups to examine and share particular practices that might be most effective in their specific education settings or faculty groups. The course concludes with a reflective session seeking to crystallise the organisational and pedagogical implications of what has been arrived at and consider strategies to share this with other colleagues.

Target Participants

Classroom teachers and teachers in promotions positions in secondary schools. 


Online via Zoom