Combining funding sources across schools

A group of schools may decide to pool their resources to deliver an initiative across the school community network.

In this example, an 'expert' group of teachers with skills and experience may complete quality teaching rounds (QTR) training followed by mentorship within the professional learning community (PLC).

Funding is sourced from flexible socio-economic background (equity funding) from each of the 6 schools (5 primary and 1 secondary) and pooled to implement this initiative.

Scenario - Staff professional learning across a community of schools (CoS)

Strategic direction: Year 1 implementation and progress monitoring

Implementation and progress monitoring screen in SPaRO showing 9 fields
Image: SPaRO interface - each strategic direction requires key data in SPaRO to monitor implementation and progress

1. Initiative

Staff professional learning across the community of schools (CoS)

2. School Excellence Framework

  • Teaching - Learning and Development

3. Activities

Incorporating QTR across the community of schools (CoS)

4. Resources

QTR training - $20,000

Teacher release for training (2 teaching staff x 3 days = 6 days per school), peer analysis (20 days per school) and coaching across 6 schools (18 days per school):

6 schools x 44 days each at $521 per day = $137,544

Diversity presentation delivered by educational researcher to staff across 6 schools - $20,000

Funding Sources:

  • Equity
    • socio-economic background (flexible) = $177,544
    • funding per school = $29,591

Note: figures are based on standard rates for 2020 calendar year and rounded to the nearest dollar.

5. Evaluation and evidence of impact

  • This activity has enabled staff to operate in cross-community PLC groups to focus on facilitating success for students from low socio-economic backgrounds. The model has supported extensive involvement in QTR where teaching practice is discussed, observed and feedback shared to enhance teacher professional knowledge and practice for students from this equity group.
  • PLC leaders have undergone registered training in QTR and have then led QTR at their school. Through this program:
    • staff report significant enhancement and engagement in professional learning and growth as professionals
    • collaborative practice has grown, and is now widely accepted across the community of schools, and has resulted in improved learning outcomes for students
    • teachers have demonstrated improvements in pedagogy and practice.

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