Quality Teaching Rounds

Quality Teaching Rounds (QTR) involve teachers learning together at school. Results so far are inspiring.

Research has found QTR build significant improvements in the quality of teaching and have positive impacts on teacher morale and school culture, with encouragement and recognition of teachers’ good work.

As little as four half-days of a single set of QTR, typically carried out over one school term, has been shown to produce notable gains. Such striking effects on the quality of teaching overall have rarely been reported in other studies.

Video – How QTR changed my teaching life

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2019 QTR Primary Schools Research Project

Take part in this fantastic opportunity to develop QTR training in your school!

The University of Newcastle and the department are looking for more primary schools to join their current research project. They provide free training for teachers in primary schools who take part. Schools will also receive funding for relief teachers. There is still time to join the research.


From $10,000 to $20,000 is provided to schools taking part in the form of 20 days of teacher release for training and participation in QTR. Some schools will receive this funding in 2019 and others in 2020 depending on their allocation to research groups.


Participation at a school involves four teachers (at least one Stage 2 teacher) and the students of the Stage 2 teachers. Networks of smaller primary schools may also be considered.

Data collection includes surveys, interviews, progressive achievement tests and lesson observations.


Commences in Term 1, 2019.


To join the program or for more information, contact Allan Booth at allan.booth@det.nsw.edu.au, ph: 0412 148 749, or the University of Newcastle at QTR@newcastle.edu.au.

A typical teaching round

QTR involves four or more teachers working together to observe and analyse lessons in each other’s classroom. As teachers observe and discuss teaching in a non-confrontational environment, they become more aware of their strengths and what they can improve to help their students learn.

Over one day teachers will:

  • discuss teaching based on a reading proposed by one of the group
  • sit in on a lesson taught by one member of the group to observe and analyse the quality of teaching
  • independently ‘code’ the lesson in line with  the Quality Teaching model
  • re-group to discuss the lesson, and teaching in general.

Quality Teaching Online

Lee-Anne Collins ‘Quality teaching in our schools’, Scan, vol 36, 2017.

The Quality Teaching Online website has been developed through a partnership between the University of Newcastle and the NSW Department of Education to support school-based professional development. Quality Teaching Rounds brings together the strengths of professional learning communities, instructional rounds and the Quality Teaching (QT) model.

The home page of the Quality Teaching Online web app

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