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.
Staff at St Thomas More’s Catholic Primary School Brighton-Le-Sands engage in regular opportunities to plan and reflect on learning programs ensuring quality teaching and learning. They work closely with specialist teachers to design learning which meets student educational needs. Through a case management approach and effective learning walk experiences, staff work together to build each other’s capacity and reflect on a set goals for future professional development.
A whole school professional learning program is developed each year in response to our school’s Annual Improvement Program. Staff too, may personalise professional learning to enable them to better meet the needs of the students in their class and improve their own practice. This is completed through the annual PGIA (performance goals in action) process.