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. All staff participate in professional learning through a Teacher Learning Community or by direct teacher coaching.
Classroom practice is the focus of the work of Teacher Learning Communities (TLCs). In any one year, staff concentrate on one of three strands of teacher practice: formative assessment strategies, blended learning approaches or practices that improve students’ writing and written expression. Professional learning and practice involves investigating changes to actual classroom methodology that make a positive difference to student learning.
The fourth strand to Barker’s professional learning program is teacher coaching. Trained, experienced staff who are members of the College of Teachers (of which there are currently 54) guide participants through a process of coaching, self-reflection, and lesson observation and feedback.
The College of Teachers engages new and experienced staff in ongoing reflection about their classroom practice while providing leadership guidance. All members complete a coaching program prior to working with staff.
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.
For those wishing to undertake further tertiary study, the School actively supports staff to pursue this opportunity.
Barker is an accredited provider of professional development with the NSW Education Standard Authority (NESA). 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 NESA 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 and the School contributes to the sustaining of the profession by annually supporting a number of teaching practicum students from universities across the country. Barker has been working with Macquarie University and several other schools over recent months trialling 'Teaching Teams'. This program has been developed to assist classroom teaching practice for both pre and in-service teachers. This short video provides further information about Teaching Teams.
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.