Our priorities

We are focused on the areas that will provide the greatest impact for students. Global and national research shows these six priority areas are critical to improving student outcomes.

Improve school performance and student outcomes

What’s under way?

  • Rolling out new school-level student improvement targets to strengthen line-of-sight to outcomes
  • Implementing a new school planning process with tight links to evidence and performance
  • Tailoring support to level of need and type of school
  • Redesigning Local Schools, Local Decisions to better support effective decision-making and accountability
  • Decluttering the curriculum
  • Implementing the disability strategy

Staying on track

  • Public school students achieving expected growth in reading and numeracy from 62.3% in 2018 to 66.4% in 2022.
  • Public school students attending schools at least 90% of the time from 79.4% in 2018 to 82% in 2022 (primary) and from 64.5% in 2018 to 70% in 2022 (secondary).
  • Public school students reporting a sense of belonging, expectations for success and advocacy at school from 87% in 2018 to 91% in 2022 (primary) and from 65% in 2018 to 69% in 2022 (secondary).

Note: Percentages are listed as averages. Baseline numbers are from 2017 and 2018. Achieving these goals should lead to being the best performing state in Australia.

We are focused on the areas that will provide the greatest impact for students. Global and national research shows these six priority areas are critical to improving student outcomes.

Improve teaching quality

What’s under way?

  • Attracting and retaining the best and brightest to teach in NSW, with some of the highest new standards in Australia for incoming teachers
  • Ensuring all teachers use the most effective teaching practices – supported by our ‘Best in Class’ teaching unit
  • Engaging teachers in high-impact professional learning driven by student need

We are focused on the areas that will provide the greatest impact for students. Global and national research shows these six priority areas are critical to improving student outcomes.

Strengthen school leadership

What’s under way?

  • Defining excellence in our schools, and identifying and developing leaders to achieve it
  • Rolling out a new merit selection process for school leaders
  • Increasing Aboriginal representation in leadership roles
  • Improving performance and development approaches for teachers and school leaders
  • Providing evidence-based development for aspiring and new principals
  • Increasing targeted mentorship and coaching of school leaders
  • Designing a leadership program for middle teachers (head teachers, deputy principals etc)

We are focused on the areas that will provide the greatest impact for students. Global and national research shows these six priority areas are critical to improving student outcomes.

Build pathways

What’s under way?

  • Funding 100,000 fee-free apprenticeships and 70,000 fee-free traineeships
  • Developing pathways programs for students from high school to vocational education and training
  • Developing new education models, integrating vocational education and training and higher education, and working closely with employers and industry – making it easier for students to transition between school, tertiary education and employment

Staying on track

  • Recent school leavers participating in higher education, training or work from 89.6% in 2018 to 91.6% by 2022 and to 93.6% by 2028.

Note: Percentages are listed as averages. Baseline numbers are from 2017 and 2018. Achieving these goals should lead to being the best performing state in Australia.

We are focused on the areas that will provide the greatest impact for students. Global and national research shows these six priority areas are critical to improving student outcomes.

Improve infrastructure and systems support to schools

What’s under way?

  • Reducing the administrative burden on schools, freeing up time for schools to focus on teaching and learning
  • Improving how schools access and receive HR, finance, communications, IT and legal support
  • Providing greater certainty for schools on their budget
  • Delivering a total of 190 new and upgraded schools
  • Clearing the maintenance backlog
  • Providing more than 12,000 additional spaces for before and after school care

We are focused on the areas that will provide the greatest impact for students. Global and national research shows these six priority areas are critical to improving student outcomes.

Make the department a great place to work

What’s under way?

  • Listening more to our students, parents and carers, and staff through all-school surveys and social media
  • Recognising and celebrating improvements in school and student outcomes
  • Training on and tracking how we’re living our values – excellence, equity, accountability, integrity, trust, and service
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