Practices of best public schools to be put under microscope

10 DECEMBER 2021

Practices of best public schools to be put under microscope

Charles Sturt will join two other universities to form The Ambassador Schools Research Centre to discover what comprises the best public schools in NSW.

  • Charles Sturt to contribute to research to discover best public schools in NSW
  • The University will join two others to form The Ambassador Schools Research Centre
  • Research will be held with advice provided from Millthorpe Public School in Bathurst

Charles Sturt University will join a new research centre that will begin work next year on unlocking the teaching excellence and potential of the best public schools in NSW.

The NSW Government has awarded the grant to run the new The Ambassador Schools Research Centre to a consortium of three universities, the University of New South Wales (UNSW), the University of Canberra and Charles Sturt University.

They will work with NSW Ambassador schools to explore the effective practices they use to lift student outcomes and how these schools can share their practices across the system.

Deputy Premier Paul Toole said he was thrilled to know that Millthorpe Public School in his Bathurst electorate would provide effective teaching advice to educational professionals, not just for NSW educators but from around the world.

“Millthorpe might be a small village, but its school and teaching professionals are among the best in the State. This initiative recognises that and seeks to tap into Millthorpe’s success and how we can replicate it elsewhere,” Mr Toole said.

“This research will not just assist our future teaching practices in NSW but put us on the world stage, as knowledge from the Research Centre is shared with other education professionals.”

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said awarding the program to the UNSW-led consortium was an exciting milestone and would kick-start the research phase.

“Our Ambassador Schools are not just great schools they are excellent schools - they have an X-factor and we want to understand what the secret recipe is to their success,” Ms Mitchell said.

“This research will provide us with an understanding of how we spread this success across the State, helping teachers improve their classroom practices and lifting student outcomes.”

The Ambassador Schools program is the first of its kind in Australia and a key initiative of the NSW Government’s School Success Model. Ambassador schools are diverse, covering primary and secondary, metropolitan and regional areas, and schools across a range of socio-economic contexts.

The research will commence early next year.

This article first appeared on the NSW Government website.

Media Note:

For more information, contact Nicole Barlow at Charles Sturt Media on 0409 217 026 or news@csu.edu.au

Photo caption: (From left) Research partners Associate Professor Philip Roberts (University of Canberra), Associate Professor Amy MacDonald (Charles Sturt), Professor Kim Beswick (UNSW) and Christine Grima-Farrell (Lead, Ambassador Schools Program, Department of Education).

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