Strand B - Quality of student learning

This advice for principals outlines the expectations and evidence they are expected to provide when their school is selected by NESA for a Strand B random inspection.

Random inspections in Strand B focus on curriculum in:

  • Primary schools - 2 stages of HSIE (NESA selected)
  • Secondary schools Years 7-10 - Stage 4 Technology Mandatory and one Stage 5 Technologies elective (NESA selected)
  • Secondary schools Years 11 and 12 - Stage 6 Mathematics.

Schools will be advised at the time of notification which stage(s) will be inspected.

Evidence schools must provide

NESA's Registration Process for the NSW Government Schooling System Manual (the registration manual) outlines the documentation schools must maintain.

Schools will be asked to provide evidence relating to the standard of teaching, specifically the timetable indicating course delivery:

  • scope and sequence
  • teaching program
  • assessment plan (Primary and Years 7-10) or schedules (Years 11-12)
  • student work samples.

Reflection questions

When collating evidence for Strand B Curriculum area, principals should consider the following:

  • Is there a clear connection and alignment between teaching and learning documentation in the materials collected for the relevant KLA and Stage specifically:
    • the NESA syllabus outcomes
    • scope and sequence
    • teaching and learning programs
    • assessment records and schedules
    • samples of student work.
  • Do student work samples demonstrate:
    • alignment with teaching program
    • assessment
    • adjustment/ differentiation
    • standard of teaching
    • student engagement.
  • Do teaching and learning programs clearly indicate:
    • the unit title, duration and stage/ year that directly links to scope and sequence
    • syllabus outcomes and content
    • teaching, learning and assessment activities
    • differentiated teaching strategies
    • evaluation of effectiveness of teaching and learning activities
    • KLA resource/ equipment checklist (unless described elsewhere).
  • Do the scope and sequences clearly indicate:
    • the year/ stage overview for the current year
    • unit titles
    • duration of each unit
    • NESA syllabus outcomes.
  • Within the totality of documentation, is there evidence related to the standard of teaching including:
    • consistency between the various elements of the school's curriculum including NESA syllabus outcomes, scope and sequence, teaching programs, assessment records and samples of student work
    • records of teacher reflection/evaluation of the effectiveness of teaching and learning activities
    • records of the progressive achievement of students over time
    • records of the school's analysis of student achievement data to inform teaching and learning
    • records of teaching strategies to meet the learning needs of students across a variety of student backgrounds and learning profiles, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

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You can email or contact the Leadership and High Performance Directorate on 02 7814 3853 for assistance or advice.

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