As part of Sydney Catholic Schools, we employ highly qualified and competent teachers who are accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). To continuously improve our practice, teachers also work towards the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, from proficient teacher to lead teacher level.

The delivery of quality curriculum, pedagogy (teaching methods) and assessment is ensured by our system of schools through the provision of contemporary NESA accredited professional learning in a range of modes. Our Centres of Excellence offer online learning and external face-to-face courses, and timely, collaborative and relevant in-situ learning take place within the context of each classroom. Sydney Catholic Schools’ teachers are strongly committed to their ongoing learning, with many having completed, or are currently undertaking, postgraduate studies in areas related to curriculum, student wellbeing, special education, theology, pastoral care and leadership.

The dedicated, professional staff of St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School Summer Hill demonstrate the characteristics of lifelong learners. Each year teachers set learning goals for their professional growth. These are some of the opportunities and practices we undertake.

Collaborating as Professional Learners
Teachers meet weekly with their grade colleagues to analyse student achievement data and plan learning sequences based on the evidence of student learning requirements.

Professional Learning Forums
Weekly forums are held throughout the year for teachers to develop their skills in required areas.

Observations of Teachers in Action
Teachers have the opportunity to personalise their professional learning. They are able to visit colleagues classrooms in order to learn from other practitioners.

Professional Learning Opportunities
Various external courses are provided throughout the year for teachers to develop their skills in required areas. These can be face-to-face or online courses.