Good Practice Blog

Racism, (Cultural) Diversity and (Social) Cohesion

This post is an ‘issues post’. It differs from previous posts in that the focus is not on the work or initiative of a particular school, or group of schools, but on a specific, background issue – racism – that affects the quality of education in all schools – State, Independent and Catholic – and […]


Paralowie and the pursuit of Equity

Paralowie R-12 and the pursuit of Equity, where Equity is one of the 6 ‘characteristics of public education’. In 2017, the Public Education Advisory Committee (PEAC) produced … a statement on public education, articulating and affirming the key characteristics of public education. The statement was endorsed by the Minister and Chief Executive and is intended […]


STEM Conference, May 2017

At the end of May, SASPA and DECD held a combined, full-day conference on STEM in SACE. On the day there were presentations from 12 metropolitan secondary sites. These presentations have been published on the SASPA website and are available here. There were also 2 keynote presentations. One by Neil McGoran, Chief Executive SACE Board […]


Student Voice at Seaview High School: reframing pedagogy and building school culture

Two earlier posts have highlighted the importance of student voice in improving student achievement. The 2 schools involved were Craigmore High School and Streaky Bay Area School . At Streaky Bay AS the focus on student voice grew from a survey of senior school students to uncover the support students needed to improve their learning. […]


Positive Education at Mount Barker

This post looks at Positive Education. It covers the value of Positive Education, as both educational theory and practice, at the secondary level. It briefly explores its genesis and key theoretical constructs. It highlights the success of the Positive Education initiative at Mount Barker High School. Lastly, it looks at the range of training options […]


Collaborative Moderation across East Adelaide

    For the past 2 years, seven secondary sites in East Adelaide have conducted a collaborative exercise in the moderation of achievement standards in the Australian Curriculum. The joint effort of the 7 schools features in this post as an example of best practice. Their effort is an endorsement of the positive effects of […]


Streaky Bay promotes student voice in the senior school to lift achievement

The last post looked at the work that Craigmore HS has undertaken with student voice. Craigmore’s successful initiative is taking place within the Teaching for Effective Learning (TfEL) paradigm. TfEL has provided the rationale and the tools, including some limited additional resources, for the school’s work. This post looks at what Streaky Bay Area School […]


The Craigmore experience: student voice boosts student learning

  Over the past 18 months, Craigmore High School has been involved in a project that has focused on placing students at the centre of their learning. Specifically, students have been involved in the co-design of curriculum and the related assessment requirements. The school has been very impressed with the outcomes of the project and […]


Deprivatising teaching: the experience of Renmark

Renmark High School One of the best received workshops at the recent SASPA conference was that presented by Renmark HS on Deprivatising practice through focused observations. The term ‘deprivatising’ in the context of teaching represents the intention to break down the notion that teaching is a private business carried out by the individual teacher in […]


From Library to Learning Hub

This post looks at the efforts of  two metropolitan high schools – Woodville High School and Wirreanda Secondary School – to create a ‘learning hub’ from the existing library/resource centre. Both schools were keen to improve the education outcomes of the existing library/resource centre. In their view, the education outcomes did not line up with […]