TSA - Understanding quality teaching

Learn about the NSW Quality Teaching model and put it into practice.

This course will count towards Teacher Identified Professional Development (PD) hours (known as Elective PD under NESA’s new Accreditation of PD Courses Policy).


According to Professor John Hattie, the quality of teaching that students receive has the single biggest effect on their achievement. But becoming a quality teacher takes a career-long commitment to developing their pedagogy and the deliberate application of up-to-date, evidence based approaches to teaching. This course is aimed at teachers with a serious commitment to the quality of their teaching.

There are four parts to this course. Various tasks require the teacher to apply what they have learnt in their school context as part of the course.


Teachers will learn to:

  • understand the significant influence that their pedagogy and teaching has on student learning
  • focus on increasing the effectiveness of their teaching by using the NSW Quality Teaching model to develop their pedagogy
  • put the dimensions and elements of the NSW Quality Teaching model into classroom and assessment practice
  • use the four Quality Teaching questions, to guide their planning of, and reflection on classroom and assessment practice
  • utilise the Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation's What Works Best guide to make informed decisions about the classroom practices they choose to implement..

Teaching practices

The following teaching practices are addressed in this course:

  • assessing learning and giving feedback
  • planning, structuring and sequencing lessons
  • evaluate teaching and learning.


  • Primary School
  • High School
  • Pre-School
  • EAL/D Teacher

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