Exciting professional learning opportunity for HSC teachers

Are you a Stage 6 teacher of Biology, Business Studies, English (Advanced and Standard), Industrial Technology, Mathematics (Advanced and Standard 2), Modern History, PDHPE and Visual Arts?

26 February 2021

Term 1 in 2021

As a Stage 6 teachers who is passionate about improving learning outcomes for your students, we're inviting you to join us for Term 1 of HSC Professional Learning: A quality teaching practice initiative. Over the course of a day you will explore proven methods for achieving student lift with expert HSC Teachers and colleagues from across the state. Register for HSC Professional Learning Term 1.

You can be completely new to the PL program or a returning participant from 2020. All teachers will find this PL beneficial and are welcome to attend. This PL will focus on applying subject-specific teaching strategies, understanding student responses and how to make evidence-based pedagogical decisions.

This course is interim Accredited PD until 31 July 2021 and will contribute to 6 hours and 30 minutes of NESA Accredited PD addressing 2.1.2, 5.1.2, 5.3.2, 6.2.2, 6.3.2, 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


Delivered online in real-time using Microsoft Teams.


8:15am to 3:30pm over a full school day in Term 1. Following approval from your principal, choose the day that best suits you and your school when you register:

  • Week 6 – Friday 5 March
  • Week 7 – Tuesday 9 March
  • Week 7 – Thursday 11 March
  • Week 8 – Monday 15 March
  • Week 8 – Wednesday 17 March
  • Week 8 – Friday 19 March

Benefits for teachers

  • Access new, high-quality resources co-designed by outstanding HSC teachers
  • Connect and collaborate with HSC teachers from across the state
  • Explore the discriminating features of high achievement in your HSC subject and their relationship with High Leverage Strategies, with reference to real student samples

Feedback from 2020

“This is the best PL I have done for years – thank you very much to all involved.”

“I appreciate the challenge that these HSC Professional Learning rounds offer. I have learnt every time I have participated and always come away with ideas from colleagues. It is lovely to be involved with such an enthusiastic and brave bunch of people.”

“Certainly one of the best series of professional learning I have been involved in across my 13 years in education. Highly recommended.”

Overview of the program

HSC Professional Learning (HSC PL) is an innovative offering from the department's Quality Teaching Practice Unit, co-designed by a community of expert HSC teachers, curriculum experts, leading educators and academic partners.

The program aims to support teachers to collectively improve student achievement, regardless of a student's postcode or school's socio-economic status, and to increase the number of students who achieve in top bands in the HSC.

Each term new HSC PL content and resources are developed so that Stage 6 teachers continue to deepen their practice throughout a school year.

In 2021, the program is doubling in size with the addition of 4 new subjects; Business Studies, Industrial Technology, Mathematics (Advanced or Standard 2), and Modern History to the already offered Biology, English (Standard & Advanced), Personal Development, Health and Physical Education and Visual Arts.


Natasha, Nancy and Anne in Quality Teaching Practice: HSCProfessionalLearning@det.nsw.edu.au.

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