Best Start Year 7

Purpose

This five hour face-to-face workshop is offered to schools that have chosen to participate in the Best Start Year 7 assessment in 2019. It is designed to answer the questions:

  • What do we need to know to be able to deliver Best Start Year 7 in our school?
  • How will we include Best Start Year 7 incorporated into our current teaching, learning and assessment practice?

Participants will understand how the Best Start Year 7 assessment has been developed to provide teachers with a snapshot of a range of literacy and numeracy skills and understandings students bring to secondary school. Participants will use the assessment platform to experience a demonstration assessment and investigate the range of analyses that will be available. Teams will plan how to administer and use the Best Start Year 7 assessment in their school. Examples from trial schools will be provided.

It is recommended that, prior to attending this workshop, schools should review the Best Start Year 7 Adobe Connect information session, held in Term 3, 2018. A copy of the Adobe Connect information session and presentation (PDF 1075.81KB) is available on the Best Start Year 7 webpage.

Who should attend?

This professional learning will focus on supporting year 7 teachers and school leaders. A maximum of two staff members may attend.

  • One member of the school leadership team (i.e. head teacher, deputy principal or principal)
  • One teacher who will be working with Year 7 in 2019 (this could be a subject teacher, learning support teacher, year advisor)

The equivalent of two days casual relief funding will be provided to the school to support this initiative.

Are additional staff able to participate?

Participants will be provided with access to resources after their professional learning day. These materials can be shared with other staff in their school to support preparation for Best Start Year 7 in 2019.

Additional places may become available and participants will be advised two days prior to the event. Schools will need to cover the costs of casual relief for any additional participants.

What to bring:

A fully charged device (laptop or tablet).

Content

  • Participants will understand how the Best Start Year 7 assessment has been developed to provide teachers with a snapshot of a range of literacy and numeracy skills and understandings students bring to secondary school.
  • Participants will use the assessment platform to experience a demonstration assessment and investigate the range of analyses that will be available.
  • Teams will plan how to administer and use the Best Start Year 7 assessment in their school.
  • Examples from trial schools will be provided.

Register for Best Start Year 7 Day 1 Professional Learning via the link emailed to participating schools.

Any further questions about the registration process, professional learning dates and venues or if you experience any difficulties with the registration process, please call 02 9526 1221 or email helpline@vmsconferences.com.au

NESA Registered Professional Development

Completing 'Best Start Year 7 Day 1 Professional Learning' will contribute 5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 5.1.2, 6.2.2 and 6.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Dates and locations term 4

Metropolitan North

LocationDates
Miramare Gardens, Terrey Hills 20 November
Castle Hill RSL, Castle Hill 20 November
Alpha Hotel, Penrith 22 November

Metropolitan South

LocationDates
Mercure Sydney Airport, Wolli Creek 27 November
St George Leagues Club, Kogarah 28 November

Regional North

LocationDates
Club Macquarie, Macquarie 15 November
Tuggerah Education Office, Tuggerah 16 November
Easts Leisure and Golf Club, Maitland 22 November

Regional South

LocationDates
Mittagong RSL, Mittagong 20 November
Liverpool Catholic Club, Liverpool 21 November
Novotel Northbeach, Wollongong29 November

Rural North

LocationDates
Armidale Bowling Club, Armidale20 November
Wests Diggers Club, Tamworth21 November
C.ex Coffs, Coffs Harbour 23 November
Moree Max Centre, Moree  27 November
Goonellabah Education Office5 December

Rural South and West

Location Dates
Mudgee Public School, Mudgee15 November
Leeton Soldiers Club, Leeton19 November
West Wyalong High School, West Wyalong 20 November
Albury Education Office, Albury 21 November
Quality Inn Dubbo, Dubbo 22 November
Gundagai High School, Gundagai 23 November
Warilla Education Office, Warilla23 November
Goulburn High School, Goulburn 26 November
Tooleybuc Central School, Tooleybuc 27 November
Monaro High School, Cooma27 November
Canobolas Rural Technology High School, Orange28 November
Ulladulla High School, Ulladulla5 December
Broken Hill Education Office, Broken Hill 6 December
Walgett Central, Walgett Central 6 December
Queanbeyan Education Office, Queanbeyan7 December

Contact

Best Start Year 7 team

beststartyr7@det.nsw.edu.au

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