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
Staff professional learning across the community of schools (CoS)
2. School Excellence Framework
- Teaching - Learning and Development
Incorporating QTR across the community of schools (CoS)
2022 Planning and reporting
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 $547 per day = $144,408
Diversity presentation delivered by educational researcher to staff across 6 schools - $20,000
- socio-economic background (flexible) = $184,408
- funding per school = $30,735
Note: figures are based on standard rates for 2022 calendar year and rounded to the nearest dollar.
2023 Planning and reporting
From 2023 schools are required to identify a funding source for relevant activities, however, do not need to allocate a dollar amount. Schools can continue to use the free text field to include information on resources.
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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