What works best

Quality teaching practices that support improved literacy and numeracy outcomes.

Introduction

The department’s What works best publication offers eight themes for evidence-based practice that improves student educational outcomes: High expectations, Explicit teaching, Effective feedback, Use of data to inform practice, Assessment, Classroom management, Wellbeing and Collaboration.

These themes offer helpful ways of thinking about aspects of teaching practice, but they are not discrete. They overlap and connect with one another in complex ways. While they offer sound strategies for individual teachers to consider as part of their repertoires, evidence suggests that their effectiveness is stronger when they are implemented as whole-school approaches.

What works best – Understanding the eight themes

The full range of What works best resources are available on the CESE and department website:

What works best: Reading K-6

The What works best: Reading K-6 resource shows how literacy and numeracy professional learning, assessments and classroom resources aligns with the themes of What works best with a particular focus on improving student reading outcomes in primary school.


What works best: Reading 7-12

The What works best: Reading 7-12 resource shows how literacy and numeracy professional learning, assessments and classroom resources aligns with the themes of What works best with a particular focus on improving student reading outcomes in secondary school.


What works best: HSC minimum standard

The What works best: HSC minimum standard resource shows how literacy and numeracy professional learning, assessments and classroom resources align with the themes of What works best with a particular focus on the HSC minimum standard.


What works best: EAL/D

The What works best: EAL/D resource shows how literacy and numeracy professional learning, assessments and classroom resources align with the themes of What works best with a particular focus on the learning needs of English as an additional language/dialect (EAL/D) students.

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