Understanding quality teaching

Course code: NRG15257

Course description and enrolment

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 your pedagogy and the deliberate application of up-to-date, evidence based approaches to teaching. If you want to learn more about the influences on student outcomes and have a serious commitment to the quality of your teaching, then Understanding quality teaching is for you.

Once you have completed the course, in line with the course conditions specified, your NESA Professional Development hours will be automatically transferred to your NESA record.

Learning outcomes

You will learn to:

  • understand the significant influence that your pedagogy and teaching has on student learning
  • focus on increasing the effectiveness of your teaching by using the NSW Quality Teaching model to develop your 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 your 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 you 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.

Supervisor support notes

Supervisors should review the supervisor notes for Understanding quality teaching.

Standard descriptors addressed: 1.2.2, 1.5.2, 3.1.2, 3.3.2, 3.6.2, 4.1.2, 4.2.2, 6.2.2, 6.3.2, 6.4.2.


  • Human resources
  • Teaching and learning


  • Effective classroom practice
  • Professional development
  • Professional learning
  • Professional standards
  • Teacher accreditation
  • Teaching
  • Teaching effectiveness

Business Unit:

  • People Culture and Capability
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