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Partnerships

Opportunities and pathways for existing and potential partners.

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Partnerships are central to the work of the ┴˝┴ź╣┘═° School of Education. We place immense value on our collaborative working relationships with a range of key partners, including Australian and international universities, schools, teachers, principals, professional organisations and the wider community served by our university. We're continually seeking ways to extend our collaborative work with existing partners and develop mutually beneficial and productive relationships with new partners.

  • We establish strong partnerships with an increasing number of schools across Sydney. WeÔÇÖre committed to developing sustained, long-term partnerships where a schoolÔÇÖs strategic objectives can be supported.┬áThis is achieved┬áthrough a program of professional learning, consultancy and/or action research in the ┴˝┴ź╣┘═° School of EducationÔÇÖs areas of expertise, including gifted education, special education, teacher development, educational policy, TELT, TESOL and assessment for learning.

    Our partnership schools run innovative programs that provide a model of excellence for our pre-service teachers. The experience of working in and observing innovative programs inspires students to realise the potential of educational initiatives. Our students see first-hand, the best, most exciting things that are happening in schools.

    We use flexible modes of teacher education where there is a genuine partnership between the school and the university in developing and delivering the program.

    To find out more about being a ┴˝┴ź╣┘═° Partnership School, please contact our professional experience┬áteam┬áin the┬áWork Integrated Learning┬áoffice.┬á

    Ěí:╠řprofessionalexperience@unsw.edu.au
    T: +61 2 9385 9388  

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    Formal agreements between universities that provide many professional experience placements in schools in NSW aims to create higher benchmarks and more consistent quality teaching experiences for schools and universities in our region.

    Professional Experience Hub schools demonstrate, develop and share┬áhigh-quality professional experiences┬áin conjunction with a partner university. Beverly Hills Girls High School (BHGHS)┬áis┬ápartnered with the ┴˝┴ź╣┘═° School of Education as its hub school. It's┬áan important partner in teacher education for the School of Education at ┴˝┴ź╣┘═°,┬áas┬áa Centre of Excellence.┬á

    This partnership creates transformative experiences for our teacher education students who undertake professional experience at BHGHS. The goal is to scale up these transformations to 148 metropolitan and rural partner secondary schools in our professional experience network through networking and relationship building. 

    The specific goals set by the NSW Department of Education for the hub school partnerships are:

    • Fostering strong links between BHGHS and the┬á┴˝┴ź╣┘═° School of Education staff, including with tertiary supervisors and supervising teachers, to investigate innovative practices in teacher education, student supervision and support.

    • The┬á┴˝┴ź╣┘═° School of Education working closely with the hub school to deliver the highest quality┬ásupport and supervision to teacher education students including reviewing aspects of the initial teacher educationÔÇ»course provision.

    • The┬á▒ź▒Ě│ž░┬╠řSchool of Education to provide quality professional learning in aspects of professional experience provision including mentoring and enhancing expertise in the APST at graduate level.

    • The ┴˝┴ź╣┘═° School of Education┬áworking with the hub school to develop and deliver additional professional learning focused on supporting professional experience with other schools.

    • Providing opportunities for collaborative school-based research┬áaround┬áprofessional experience.

    The creation of hub schools with the School of EducationÔÇÖs strong community engagement continually builds a new level of collaboration between the university and the teaching profession. Our leading Teacher Professional Learning, applied research, public lecture and accredited courses lead the study and practice of education in Australia.

    Our twin strategies┬áÔÇô┬á┴˝┴ź╣┘═° School of Education and BHGHS:

    • Enhancing practising teacher/supervisor mentoring/professional learning side.

    • Enhancing student engagement and the practical experience of student teachers, using our student engagement program in┬áMTeach.

    The Hub School was launched on┬áFriday, 11 December at BHGHS. The Hon. Adrian┬áPiccoli, Minister of Education, spoke of the importance of ensuring that the best-quality teachers graduate and are available to teach our greatest capital, our children.┬áAssociate Professor┬áTony┬áLoughland, Director of the ┴˝┴ź╣┘═° MENTOR strategic initiative in Teacher Professional Learning at ┴˝┴ź╣┘═° School of Education,┬áinitiated┬áthe provision of quality professional learning for the partnership through the presentation ofÔÇ»a NESA-accredited workshop┬áon Mentoring for Adaptability┬áto all BHGHS staff. Teacher adaptability is a key disposition in the complex working environment of schools and classrooms, and a key selection┬ácriterion┬áfor future teachers. As a┬ávital┬ácomponent of its activity, this partnership plans to trial an adaptability scale that allows teacher adaptability to become part of the professional learning repertoire for teachers across their career span.┬á

    Partnership with the Association of Independent Schools

    The School of Education and ┴˝┴ź╣┘═°ÔÇÖs partnership┬áwith┬áthe┬áAssociation of Independent Schools (AIS)┬áworks on┬áextending and┬ástrengthening the following activities:

    • exemplary education for pre-service teachers

    • teachersÔÇÖ professional learning

    • professional learning for leaders and aspiring leaders

    • collaborative, sustainable research in areas of mutual interest.

    The university and the schools collaborate to enhance professional experience for preservice teachers, cooperative seminars, symposiums, workshops and conferences for teachers and aspiring leaders and joint hosting of high-profile international visitors in key areas of educational innovation.

    The┬áfirst joint research project for┬á2012 and 2013, funded┬áthrough the Smarter Schools National Partnership on Improving Teacher Quality, titled ÔÇťImproving the Quality of the Teacher Education Practicum ExperiencesÔÇŁ aimed┬áto strengthen the quality of the ┴˝┴ź╣┘═° practicum experience and enhance┬áschoolteacher┬áexpertise and professional leadership in practicum supervision.┬á

    The research team worked closely with teachers from five independent schools and Julie Sheridan, National Partnerships Consultant from the AIS. The project culminated in a report including mentoring protocols, feedback tools and best practice case studies.

  • We┬áhave┬ástrong connections with┬áseveral┬áinternational partners. Our international engagement includes providing English language immersion programs for pre-service and in-service teachers from Hong Kong, Vietnam and Singapore. WeÔÇÖre also involved in┬áresearch and development projects with government departments of education in the Asia-Pacific region.

    Hong Kong English immersion

    The School of Education has a strong partnership with the University of Hong Kong, hosting pre-service teachers each year for an intensive 8-week English immersion program.

    The main aim of our program is to enhance Hong Kong studentsÔÇÖ English language proficiency and understanding of an education system in an English-speaking country through language and cultural immersion. We provide participating students with a variety of intercultural and pedagogical experiences in the classroom and wider community.

    Our program is tailored to meet the needs of the pre-service teachers involved each year.

    A typical program includes:

    • homestay and pastoral care
    • school experience
    • pre- and post-English language testing
    • English Language Enrichment module
    • academic modules (for┬áexample,┬áLanguage and Society, Australian Approaches to English Language Teaching, Assessment for Learning, ICT in Education)
    • education and cultural activities
    • buddy program
    • self-study.

    Katoke Trust

    The Katoke Trust for Overseas Aid is making a difference to the lives of tens of thousands of people, especially children, in a remote part of Tanzania, one of the poorest nations in the world. Real change has taken place through educational and economic improvement, and in health and personal growth.

    Honorary┬áAssociate Professor Alan Watson from the School of Education is president for the┬áKatoke┬áTrust for Overseas Aid,┬áand has recently helped to open the┬áKatoke┬áSecondary School in 2009┬áafter three years of planning and one year of building.┬áThe school has grown from 130 students to more than 460 currently enrolled in┬áforms 1 ÔÇô 3.┬á

    The school is a Lighthouse School with a program for the improvement of education in surrounding schools. Its motto is ÔÇťStrive for the goalÔÇŁ and major purpose is to ÔÇťeducate leaders for tomorrowÔÇŁ.

    Students from ▒ź▒Ě│ž░┬╠řSchool of Education have worked in the school as part of their alternative professional experience program. Find out more about the