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Newcastle Uni’s $4.86m boost to expand learning program

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The University of Newcastle (UoN) is set to benefit from a $4.86 million boost to expand its acclaimed professional learning program nationwide.

The uni’s latest windfall will result in an extension of the Quality Teaching Rounds (QTR) initiative beyond New South Wales to the rest of Australia for the first time, via an additional 1,600 teachers.

The QTR, conducted in the state for almost a decade, has proven to be successful in improving student outcomes, empowering teachers and positively impacting school culture.

Newcastle MP Sharon Claydon applauded the move.

“Quality Teaching Rounds, co-created by renowned Laureate Professor Jenny Gore and Dr Julie Bowe from the University of Newcastle, is revolutionising teacher professional development,” she said.

“This additional funding from the Australian Government will ensure more educators benefit from this ground-breaking program.

“It’ll also further establish UoN as a leader in education and professional development.

“This is a great outcome for teachers, students and our community.”

From Term 3 in 2023, more early career teachers will be able to access the program with intakes twice annually for the next four years.

The four-day intensive course can be taken on campus at the University of Newcastle or online, too.

The expansion of Quality Teaching Rounds sees the implementation of Action 18 of the National Teacher Workforce Action Plan, agreed by all education ministers in December 2022 to address the national issue of teacher workforce shortages.

“There aren’t many more jobs more important than teachers,” Minister for Education Jason Clare said.

“Professional development programs like Quality Teaching Rounds empower them, especially early on in their careers.

“This initiative has a proven track record in boosting confidence and job satisfaction of teachers… and giving them the support they need to succeed, which is good for them and their students.

“This is a great example of identifying initiatives that are proven to make a real difference to teachers and students and expanding them nationally.

“We are continuing to deliver on the reforms in the National Teacher Workforce Action Plan and work to urgently address the shortage of teachers right across the country.”

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