Quality Teaching, Successful Students
The Quality Teaching, Successful Students (QTSS) initiative provides an additional staffing resource allocation to improve the quality of teaching in all NSW public schools with primary students enrolled.
The QTSS initiative is being delivered to ensure that all primary students benefit from high quality teaching and learning practices that best meet the full range of student needs.
As part of the Local Schools, Local Decisions reform, principals, in consultation with their executive, decide the best use of the resource allocation. The allocation can be used to:
- provide release time for a school executive to establish collaborative practices in the school, or across a number of neighbouring schools, allowing teachers to work together and learn from each other by observing and discussing how they develop lesson plans and assessment tasks
- provide release time to one of the school executive to establish mentoring and coaching practices to help an individual teacher with a specific issue such as classroom management
- employ a specialist in an area where teachers need support, such as literacy or numeracy
- provide comprehensive and focused support for teachers with the accreditation processes they need to undertake and with the new Performance and Development Framework.
While principals have the flexibility to determine how best to use their QTSS staffing resource allocation, strategies undertaken to enhance professional practice must be evidence-based and focused on improving the quality of classroom teaching.
Evidenced-based approaches to improve teaching and learning are detailed in the CESE research paper What works best: Evidence-based practices to help improve NSW student performance.
Principals outline the proposed use of the allocation in their school plan and report on implementation and expenditure in the annual report.
A phased implementation of the QTSS staffing resource allocation commenced in Term 3, 2015 and has now reached full implementation.
QTSS is now distributed as a calendar year allocation aligning it with annual school funding and the current RAM funding cycle.
From 2019, the QTSS staffing resource allocation will be included in the planned SBAR and is based on the previous year's published Actual Enrolment and Entitlement reports.