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Queensland Principal's Conference

7/03/2013

​Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Queensland State School Principal’s Conference. At this conference, we were provided with a consistent clear message in relation to student learning and our systemic focus.

Principals participated in a range of information sessions and workshops. The focus of these was primarily related to working with school communities and on pedagogical reforms to be implemented over the next 12 months.

The term “Pedagogy” in simple terms refers to the Art and Science of Teaching. This requirement acknowledges the impact of quality teaching and the evidence that research validated pedagogy – implemented with consistency across a school setting and supported by instructional leadership – improves student performance and develops successful learners

In our school we have been working on designing a school specific pedagogy over the last 12 to 18 months. This pedagogical framework is based on a researched pedagogical approach named “Learning by Design”. The school pedagogy also includes aspects of research undertaken by John Fleming and William Hattie. The intent of the school wide pedagogy is to continue to refine consistency of practice in classes and the approach we take to student learning.

Our belief is that students will continue to perform at a high standard and show continuous improvement in the results achieved through:

  • high expectations,
  • Student Centred Planning,
  • Alignment of Curriculum,
  • Pedagogy and Assessment,
  • Evidenced Based Decision Making,
  • targeted and scaffolded instruction and a safe supportive, connected and inclusive learning environment.