Quality Teaching Rounds

Quality Teaching Rounds in NSW Public Schools

Quality Teaching Rounds is high impact professional learning, strongly supported by the Department, based on over 20 years of research by the University of Newcastle and positive feedback from many teachers who have been trained in and participated. Rounds utilise the Department’s Quality Teaching Model as the framework for deep engagement in analysis and review of classroom practice. They are cost effective, highly regarded by participating teachers, negotiated and trusted by participants and there is an increasing bank of evidence supporting the impact of participation in Rounds on student learning outcomes.

The Department has worked closely with Laureate Professor Jenny Gore and the Teachers and Teaching Research Centre at the University of Newcastle for many years. Following a highly successful Randomised Controlled Trial in 2014/15, the Department entered a five year partnership with the University in 2019 for Building the Capacity for Quality Teaching in Australian Schools.

Participation in this project is bringing many benefits to our schools, including access to training in QTR (workshop fees waived for 2 teachers per school), participation in research and access to an ever increasing bank of evidence supporting Quality Teaching Rounds for boosting teacher morale, teacher confidence and student learning. Department staff also get free access to the University’s Quality Teaching Academy

If your school is interested in participation in Quality Teaching Rounds send an email to QTR@det.nsw.edu.au or ring the Department’s QTR Project Manager on 0412148749.

What are Quality Teaching Rounds?

Quality Teaching Rounds (QTR) is strongly endorsed by the department as a professional learning approach that involves teachers learning together at school or online.

The Rounds use the department's Quality Teaching model as the framework for deep conversation about classroom practice

Teachers work collaboratively in small Professional Learning Communities (PLC), observing each other teach on a rotating basis and discussing and analysing their observations.

Research has found QTR build significant improvements in the quality of teaching and have positive impacts on teacher morale and school culture as a result of encouragement and recognition of teachers' good work. Current research is also exploring the impact of Rounds on student outcomes.

Many teachers do not have the opportunity to watch their colleagues in action and QTR gives that opportunity, leading to powerful conversations about teaching practice.

As little as four half-days of a single set of QTR, typically carried out over one school term, has been shown to produce notable gains. Such striking effects on the quality of teaching overall have rarely been reported in other studies.

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Undertake QTR

There are two ways to undertake QTR - either as part of the school experience or online.

Quality Teaching Rounds - within the school

QTR involves four or more teachers working together to observe and analyse lessons in each other's classroom. As teachers observe and discuss teaching, they become more aware of their strengths and what they can improve to help their students learn.

Over one day, teachers will:

  • discuss teaching based on a reading proposed by one of the group
  • sit in on a lesson taught by one member of the group to observe and analyse the quality of teaching
  • independently 'code' the lesson in line with the Quality Teaching model
  • re-group to discuss the lesson, and teaching in general.

Quality Teaching Rounds in an online environment

Being in a small or isolated school does not prevent you from participation in QTR. The university has developed QTR Digital to enable schools to set up professional communities across schools using an online environment. Training is undertaken online, lessons are videoed and shared online and professional discussions are conducted online.

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