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

Days 2-5 TBA

Dates and Location

Metropolitan North

For enquiries about local events, contact Rosemary Daubney

Metropolitan South

Venue Day 1 Days 2-5
Parramatta - 105 Phillip Street 26-Jul TBC
Miranda Education Office 29-Jul TBC

For more information, contact Martin Lauricella

Regional North

Venue Day 1 Days 2-5
Adamstown Education Office 29-Jul TBC
Tuggerah Education Office 19-Aug TBC

For more information, contact Davina Bowen

Regional South

Venue Day 1 Days 2-5
Glenfield Education Office 5-Aug TBC
Warilla Education Office 6-Aug TBC

For more information, contact Renee Gilbert

Rural North

Venue Day 1 Days 2-5
Forster Education Office 26-Jul TBC
Armidale Education Office 29-Jul TBC
Moree Education Office 30-Jul TBC

For more information, contact Jill Dutton

Rural South and West

VenueDate Days 2-5
Forbes High School 13-Aug TBC
Narrandera Public School 20-Aug TBC
Monaro High School22-AugTBC

For more information, contact Leone Dewhurst

NESA Registered Professional Development

Completing 'Leading secondary writing' [Course code RG05086] 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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