Quality Teaching

Quality Teaching

It has long been recognised that teacher quality is the single most important factor in a school that influences student engagement and achievement.

At Barker, we consistently support all staff to be the best practitioners they can be through ongoing professional learning, research and self-reflection. Key initiatives include the College of Teachers (COT) that provides a coaching framework for staff across the School. The College of Teachers engages new and experienced staff in ongoing reflection about their classroom practice while providing leadership guidance. Members of the College of Teachers complete a coaching program prior to working with staff. For those wishing to undertake further tertiary study, the School actively supports staff to pursue this opportunity.

Quality teaching and learning drives the pursuit of supporting the School’s strategic vision of being a leading educational institution that inspires global hope.
Actively Supporting Teachers

At Barker, teachers are offered a range of professional development and learning opportunities. Currently, Barker has six teachers who are accredited at the Highly Accomplished level – arguably the highest number within a school in NSW.

In addition, the School is an accredited provider of professional development with the NSW Education Standards’ Authority. The Barker Institute enables teachers to complete high-level professional learning that responds directly to the School’s strategic teaching and learning direction, while also meeting their NSW Education Standards’ Authority maintenance of accreditation requirements. As Barker is a broadly-endorsed provider, the School can also offer professional learning to other schools, fostering broader communities of practice and engagement.

All new staff are mentored during their induction period at Barker and the School contributes to the sustaining of the profession by supporting a number of teaching practicum students from universities across the country annually.

Quality teaching and learning drives the pursuit of supporting the School’s strategic vision of being a leading educational institution that inspires global hope.

Recognising Our Most Accomplished Teachers

Six Barker members of our teaching staff were recognised by the NSW Education Standards’ Authority (NESA) in an awards' ceremony in August 2015. These included the Director of Early Learning, Sarah Dickson, Junior School Italian Specialist, Grace Bergan, Year 5 Grade Co-ordinator, Nicola Cameron, Head of School Justice and Equity, Melissa Brady, Senior School Tutor, Sally Filtness, and the Director of Teaching and Learning, Dr Greg Cunningham.

Did you know?

Barker currently has six teachers who are accredited at the Highly Accomplished level - arguably the highest number within a school in NSW.