How high expectations and engagement in primary school drive student learning: case studies

These case studies were originally published 28 November 2019.

The case studies, from Liverpool West and Warwick Farm public schools, showcase how schools can effectively promote engagement and ensure high expectations of their students.

Purpose of resource

The How high expectations and engagement in primary school drive student learning: case studies outline effective practices applied by Liverpool West Public School and Warwick Farm Public School to support high expectations and student engagement.

When and how to use

The resource is a set of 2 case studies. It's evidence base can be found in the accompanying How high expectations and engagement in primary school drive student learning report, and the 2 resources should be read together. School leaders and teachers can read, reflect on, discuss and implement themes and strategies highlighted in the case studies as part of school-developed High Impact Professional Learning (HIPL).

The appropriate time to use this resource may differ for each school, leader and teacher.

School leaders can:

  • unpack the case studies, alongside the accompanying research report, as part of whole-school professional development and/or stage or grade team meetings
  • encourage teachers to share key findings during professional development
  • reflect on strategies, policies or practices currently in place to support high expectations and student engagement
  • lead discussions with staff about areas to improve across the school
  • access Tell Them From Me data and the Advocacy, Expectations, Belonging: By School over Time Scout report to support improvement strategies and monitor progress
  • support staff to find connections between What works best, the School Excellence Framework and the strategies contained in the case studies.

Teachers can:

  • read the case studies and reflect on how the themes and examples may be relevant to their specific setting
  • identify strategies and practices from the case studies to apply in the classroom to support high expectations and student engagement
  • reflect on the impact of the applied strategies.

Contact

Email feedback about this resource to info@cese.nsw.gov.au using subject line ‘Re: How high expectations and engagement in primary school drive student learning: case studies’. You can also subscribe to the CESE newsletter and connect with us on Yammer.

Alignment to system priorities and/or needs: NSW Department of Education Strategic Plan 2018-2023 – ‘Every student is known, valued and cared for in our schools’

Alignment to School Excellence Framework: Learning domain – learning culture, wellbeing

Alignment with existing frameworks: What works best – high expectations

Reviewed by: Learning and Teaching directorate

Created/last updated: Originally published 28 November 2019

To be reviewed: CESE publications are prepared through a rigorous process. Resources are reviewed periodically as part of an ongoing evaluation plan.

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