The teaching staff at Seaford Park Primary School use a Professional Learning Communities approach to curriculum planning and design. This involves the teachers working in teams to analyse the student data, engaging in professional learning based on evidence and researching best practice. The teams meet weekly to share their practice, discuss student progress and plan specific targets for the week ahead.
Both the Junior and Senior PLCs meet every Wednesday while the students are at their specialist classes. The focus over the past 2 years has been on the Big Ideas in Mathematics and we have completed an inquiry and improvement cycle on Trusting the Count, Place Value, Additive Thinking and Multiplicative Thinking.
The Specialist PLC meets every Tuesday morning to strategise how they can support the work in Mathematics during our daily Enhancement sessions. They have also been researching the High Impact Teaching Strategies and how they can continually improve their practice, which ultimately benefits the students in their lessons.
The success of our work in 2021 and 2022 led to our student outcomes increasing significantly. In recognition of this work, our school has begun to have an influence over other schools in the state. This influence has taken the form of online and in-person presentations at conferences and forums and visits by other schools to observe and learn from our practice.
For more information on Professional Learning Communities, please visit the Department of Education and Training's website.