What Works Best
Our school is committed to ensuring that how we teach your child is based on what we know makes the biggest difference to their learning. In our school, we have a focus on using the ‘What works best’ eight practices for effective teaching. These practices include:
- Having high expectations of your child.
- Using explicit teaching in the classroom.
- Giving effective feedback to your child on their learning.
- Using data to inform how we teach your child.
- Using regular and effective assessments so we know how your child’s learning is going.
- Supporting the wellbeing of your child by looking out for their mental, physical and emotional health.
- Managing the classrooms well so they are safe, positive and stimulating environments for learning.
- Making sure our teachers collaborate with each other, and experts outside the school, so teaching practice continuously improves.
In addition, research shows that greater levels of support and engagement from parents and carers are associated with better student academic and wellbeing outcomes. We also know that students learn more effectively when the home and school environments form complementary and supportive roles for learning. It is for this reason that we are focused on continuing to foster the partnership between our school and parents.
The Department of Education has now released a ‘What works best’ resource for parents and carers, which provides tips for having conversations with your child about their learning. You can visit the department’s Parent Hub where you’ll find other tailored resources for parents and carers, as well as message from the NSW Minister for Education the Hon. Sarah Mitchell MLC
A big thank you to the families who participated in the school planning forum last week. It was an important part of the school planning process. Below is a summary of data from our student, parent and teacher Forums.
Following our deep dive into the data, we are looking towards having three key strategic directions which will inform our school plan for the next four years. These strategic directions include;
- Foundations. Foundations is our commitment to ensure that all students at Anzac Park have the essential knowledge, skills and understanding in literacy and numeracy, enabled through data driven teaching practices that are responsive to student needs. These foundations will form the basis for life-long learning.
- Belonging. Belonging is our commitment to ensure students have a sense of connectedness, purpose and meaning that enables them to thrive at school. We foster strong community partnerships, positive student-teacher relationships and engagement by knowing the whole child. Students understand the world around them and the potential within them, so they can be fulfilled individuals and active, compassionate citizens.
- Synergy. We ensure students develop deep knowledge, skills and understandings so they can become change agents in a 21st Century society and economy. Students develop global competencies to become creative, critical and collaborative individuals who can adapt and feel fulfilled in a changing world.
As we begin to develop these focus areas, we will be asking our community to engage in surveys and community forums to further develop a clear vision for our next school plan.