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Leading secondary writing


Leading secondary writing is a sustained program of learning offered to leaders of writing in high schools. By participating in this program, leaders will develop and refine their skills as they lead a whole-school initiative aimed at improving student writing outcomes.

Throughout the program, teachers will use Helen Timperley's leader inquiry and knowledge building cycle to determine the needs of teachers and students and plan to engage teachers and students in new learning experiences. At the same time, teachers will be building their capacity as leaders of whole-school initiatives. The leadership skills they develop and refine will be transferable to other aspects of leadership in schools.

Teachers will be introduced to change theory and supported in leading change in pursuit of improved student outcomes in writing.

Who should participate?

This professional learning is designed for writing leaders and the senior executive staff that support their work.

Mode of delivery

Face-to-face: Five days with in-school tasks supported by Literacy and Numeracy Strategy Advisors.


Day 1: Understand key themes from What work's best, their relationship with the School Excellence Framework for use in self-assessing current progress in whole-school writing action; experience and apply a data pathway to develop a narrative for their context and identify the density of need for a whole school writing initiative; self-assess and set priorities for action for high expectations, explicit teaching, effective feedback and collaboration to support improved student writing outcomes; explore a theory of change management; plan for leading change to improve student writing outcomes.

Day 2: Develop their knowledge of the National Literacy Learning Progression; experience and apply a process for using the learning progressions to provide fine grain detail of literacy development as it is required in NSW syllabuses; and develop some professional learning to facilitate learning on the literacy progression before day 3.

Day 3: Understand the role of the literacy progression in formative assessment; experience and apply a process for using the literacy progression to analyse student work samples; develop knowledge of effective feedback; and use the results of their analysis to develop feedback to informs students of next steps for learning.

Day 4: Develop knowledge of learning intentions and success criteria; experience a process for co-constructing success criteria for a writing task; develop knowledge of effective pedagogies that support improved student writing outcomes; and plan to professionally develop staff in these pedagogies and their implementation with a target group of students.

Day 5: Develop knowledge of effective practices for ongoing assessment of student progress in writing; evaluate their actions throughout the program and plan for future iterations of the inquiry cycle, develop knowledge of how to promote sustainability and reinforce new learning; and plan for future actions in light of ongoing teacher and student needs.

Register via MyPL

Day 1: Course code RG05086

Day 2 Course code RG05419

Day 3 Course code RG07180

Day 4 Course code RG07225

Day 5 TBC

Dates and Location

Metropolitan North

Venue Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Nirimba Education Precinct 22 Aug - 20 Nov 21 Nov TBC
Rooty Hill RSL Club 26 Jul* 17 Oct 19 Nov    20 Nov 5 Dec*

* Held at Parramatta  (105 Phillip St) office

For more information, contact Michael Myerscough

Metropolitan South

Venue Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Miranda Education Office 29 Jul TBC TBC TBC TBC

For more information, contact Sherrie Meyers

Regional North

Venue Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Adamstown Education Office 29 Jul 13 Sep TBC TBC TBC
Adamstown Education Office 9 Mar 20 26 Mar 20 TBC TBC TBC

For more information, contact Davina Bowen

Regional South

Venue Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Miranda Education Office 5 Aug - 12 Nov 15 Nov 28 Nov
Warilla Education Office 6 Aug      -  26 Mar 20 27 Mar 20 4 June

For more information, contact Sherrie Meyers

Rural North

Venue Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Armidale Education Office 29 Jul 29 Aug 21 Nov 22 Nov TBC
Moree Education Office 30 Jul 13 Sep 28 Nov      29 Nov      TBC
Hastings Secondary College - Westport Campus 30 Oct TBC TBC TBC TBC
Murwillumbah Education Office 28 Nov TBC TBC TBC TBC
Goonellabah Education Office 28 Nov 19 Feb 20 TBC TBC TBC
Forster Education Office 13 Feb 20 TBC TBC TBC TBC

For more information, contact Jill Dutton

Rural South and West

Venue Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Forbes High School 13 Aug 9 Sep TBC TBC TBC
Narrandera Public School 20 Aug 12 Sep TBC TBC TBC
Monaro High School 22 Aug 16 Oct TBC TBC TBC
Peak Hill Central School 30 Sep TBC TBC TBC TBC
Bega High School--4 Mar 205 Mar 20TBC

For more information, contact Kerrie Vogele (South) - Kerrie.Vogele@det.nsw.edu.au or Leone Dewhurst (West) - Leone.Dewhurst@det.nsw.edu.au

NESA Registered Professional Development

Completing 'Leading secondary writing' will contribute 30 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 5.4.3, 6.2.3 and 6.3.3 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Highly Accomplished Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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