Implementing 'What works best' in your classroom

The 'What works best' 2020 update highlights eight themes or effective teaching practices that, when used together in the classroom, enhance student outcomes.

The practices outlined are not an exhaustive list of what works for every teacher and every student in every context. Rather, they are drawn from teaching practices grounded in a sound and consistent evidence base to increase student achievement.

Updates to 'What works best' 2020 include:
  • ‘Assessment’ as an eighth effective teaching strategy, recognising the importance of continually assessing where individual students are in their learning
  • feedback from ongoing surveying such as 'Tell Them From Me', and case studies from high-growth schools
  • a practical guide and reflection toolkit providing teachers with guidance on how to incorporate these themes in the classroom.
Registered professional learning

To help you connect with the research and develop a shared understanding across your colleagues, there are online, registered professional learning courses for each of the eight 'What works best' themes.

Unpacking the eight themes: video resources and links to more information

Each week throughout Term 3, a 'What works best' theme will be unpacked in a short 3-minute video of Secretary Mark Scott in conversation with a school. Accompanying this video will be relevant page references for the 'What works best' report, practical guide and toolkit, helping you to take the practice into your classroom.

See below for when each video will be released.

Wherever you are in your professional practice, we strongly encourage you to watch these videos, and reflect on the themes of 'What works best' and how they can support the learning of your students.

  • Assessment
  • Effective feedback: available Monday 10 August
  • High expectations: available Monday 17 August
  • Wellbeing: available Monday 24 August
  • Explicit teaching: available Monday 31 August
  • Use of data to inform practice: available Monday 7 September
  • Collaboration: available Monday 14 September
  • Classroom management: available Monday 21 September

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