About 'What works best'

The 'What works best' report, produced by our Centre for Education Statistics and EvaluationExternal link (CESE), builds on the evidence base of the original 2014 report. It 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, resources on these pages unpack the eight 'What works best' themes. The eight themes are:


Resources on these pages 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
  • a guide for parents and carers to understand how 'What works best' can support their child’s learning (coming soon).

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

Every Student podcast

Sally Egan chats to NSW Department of Education Secretary, Mark Scott about the updated 'What works best' research
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