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Great Teaching, Inspired Learning Blueprint for Action

Launched in 2013, the NSW Government’s Great Teaching, Inspired Learning – A Blueprint for Action includes 47 actions for improving teacher quality and student learning outcomes in NSW schools. 

Responding to research and feedback from extensive consultation with the community about teacher quality, the plan includes actions to:

  • better understand and share what makes an excellent teacher
  • ensure beginning teachers are well suited and thoroughly prepared for the classroom
  • make the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers central to delivering fair and accountable performance and accreditation processes and high quality professional development for all teachers
  • ensure career pathways and improved support for school leaders.

Minister's introduction

Great teachers inspire their students to learn.  They can, and do, make a difference to the quality of a student's life both inside and outside the school.

Read Adrian Piccoli, Minister for Education's introduction to Great Teaching, Inspired Learning

Inspired learning

Many factors come together to make inspired learning – factors both inside and outside the school gate. Once students are in our schools, however, their performance is most closely influenced by teacher quality.

Read the Inspired learning section 

Initial teacher education

The plan includes actions to ensure students entering teaching degrees are strong academic achievers, with an aptitude for teaching and initiatives for providing teacher education students with high quality opportunities to practise their teaching skills in the classroom.  In addition the quality of initial teacher education in NSW will be assessed in a number of agreed priority areas.

Read the Initial teacher education section 

Entry into the profession

The plan includes actions to increase induction and mentoring support for beginning teachers and to require teachers returning to the profession to complete a refresher course.

Read the Entry into the profession section 

Develop and maintain practice

The plan places the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the centre of reforms which will deliver fair and accountable performance and accreditation processes and high quality professional development for all NSW teachers. 

Read the Develop and maintain practice section 

Recognise and share outstanding practice

The plan includes actions to ensure career pathways and improved support for school leaders, including a requirement to formally demonstrate outstanding teaching practice. Initiatives for better understanding and sharing what makes an excellent teacher are also included.

Read the Recognise and share outstanding practice section

Resources 

The Blueprint and a range of supporting resources including an A3 poster and powerpoint summary presentation are available to download. 

View the Blueprint for Action resources