Advice and resources to implement 'What works best' in the classroom


Advice and resources to align 'What works best' with school planning


How 'What works best' is working in schools

In April this year, the department released a 2020 update of its most popular research report, 'What works best'.

The report, produced by our Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation (CESE), builds on the evidence base of the original 2014 report, and outlines eight themes of effective teaching practices for the classroom that, when used together, enhance student outcomes and drive school improvement.

To help teachers, principals and school communities connect with the research and develop a shared understanding, throughout Terms 3 and 4 of 2020, resources will be uploaded weekly to these web pages, unpacking the eight 'What works best' themes. Resources will include:

  • eight short videos of principals, teachers and students in conversation with Secretary Mark Scott, reflecting on how 'What works best' practices are supporting learning in their school
  • links to accredited professional learning courses for our teachers
  • links to school planning alignment for our principals
  • and a guide for parents and carers to understand how 'What works best' can support their child’s learning (coming soon).

Check in regularly as resources are added throughout Terms 3 and 4.

The department is committed to ensuring that every student, every teacher, every leader and every school is improving every year. The 'What works best' 2020 resources provide advice and examples from the evidence bank to support this continuous improvement journey.

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