Professional learning

Professional learning is available to help teachers and school support staff develop and deliver quality learning experiences for all students.

Effective teachers and support staff are the most important resource in ensuring the best possible outcomes for every student, including students with disability and additional learning and support needs. A range of ongoing high quality professional learning opportunities can help teachers and support staff meet the educational needs of the diverse range of learners in their classes.

Disability Standards for Education e-learning

This e-learning resource explains the Disability Standards. The lessons outline how the responsibility of schools towards students with disability should be met. The lessons are in use in education systems across Australia and can be accessed through MyPL.

Supported Online Learning

A suite of Supported Online courses is available to support classroom teachers and support staff from the departments' primary schools, high schools and Schools for Specific Purposes (SSPs). Each of the courses is registered with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). The courses address a range of diverse disabilities and additional learning and support needs. Department staff can undertake the courses with a trained tutor, studying in a learning group and by individual online study.

Online learning course overview

This short video (2 mins 43 secs) gives an overview of the online learning courses available.

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Online learning courses - Understanding personalised learning

In this video (4 mins 29 secs) we hear from the staff of Albion Park High School, their principal and course tutors who are participating in a whole school cohort. The principal and teachers talk about the individual and collective benefits of studying this course together and the adjustments they have made in their teaching through taking the course; including the use of SMART goals and a more personalised way of supporting students.

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Online learning courses – Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder

In this video (4 mins 20 secs) the learning cohort at Ryde East Public School is made up of primary, high and executive teachers from a number of local schools. This session is focused on interventions. Teachers talk about why they joined this course and what they have taken away from the delivery model, course structure and online resources.

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Online learning courses - Dyslexia and significant reading difficulties

In this video (3 mins 35 secs) we hear from the staff of Woronora Public School, who are participating in a whole school cohort. The principal, executive and teachers talk about gaining a common language and ongoing professional dialogue through the course and setting SMART goals for the students.

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Online learning courses - Understanding & supporting behaviour

In this video (4 mins 1 sec) Belmont High School staff are involved in a tutor session focused on assessment for learning. This cohort is a mix of new and experienced teachers. Listen as they share their experiences in using a blended approach of tutor led sessions and studying individually online.

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Online learning courses - Dyspraxia and motor co-ordination difficulties

Gaining a better understanding of the complexity of a motor coordination difficulty and its impact on student learning, has enabled this cohort of support and executive teachers from Penrith NSW to increase their knowledge and access to resources to assist other teachers. (3 mins 14 secs)

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Online learning courses – Understanding hearing loss

Itinerant teachers, executives and mainstream teachers learn side by side in this cohort based in Dubbo, in rural NSW. Individuals share their favourite sections of this online course and how they will use it in their teaching. The course raises awareness and empathy towards students with a hearing loss. (3 mins 27 secs)

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Online learning courses - Speech, language and communication needs

This cohort at Cabramatta Public School includes a mix of primary teachers and school learning support officers. This video (3 mins 35 secs) provides a clear overview of the online course structure and the value of using this blended approach to adult learning.

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Completing Student Summary Profiles for Integration Funding Support

A suite of 10 modules providing information and support for selecting a Summary Profile level and providing comments for each focus area. Each module can be completed individually with a certificate issued at the completion of all 10 modules.


MyPL is the department's professional learning management system. It contains information about professional learning opportunities for departmental staff. This system enables staff to find and apply for courses and to view and manage their own records of professional learning activities.


teach.NSW provides information about scholarships and training programs for teachers and school executive staff in NSW public schools.


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  • Access and equity
  • Disability
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Professional development

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