Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has said that around 5,309 students across 36 schools in the Tamworth electorate will benefit from a Baird Government program to allow 1,000 of the best public primary school teachers to mentor and coach other teachers to lift the quality of teaching across every classroom in their school.


Mr Anderson said students will benefit as their classroom teachers gain from the insights and experience of the best teachers in the Tamworth area.


“In the best school systems in the world, the best teachers pass on their expertise to other teachers,” Mr Anderson said.


“Great teaching doesn’t just happen. Just as a master surgeon guides a young doctor, I want our best teachers guiding their colleagues and sharing their skills and insights with others.


“When these great teachers mentor and coach their colleagues, the students in every classroom will benefit.”


1,000 of the State’s best teachers in public primary schools will be given time to:


  • Mentor and coach other teachers;
  • Observe teachers in their classrooms and demonstrate effective teaching strategies;
  • Monitor student performance data across the school to ensure teachers are focussed on areas of need; and
  • Support principals to help schools become thriving learning communities.



Mr Anderson aid the $224 million Quality Teaching, Successful Students package will help all teachers deepen their skills and help improve student results.


“At the heart of Quality Teaching, Successful Students is the belief that every student deserves the best possible teacher in front of their class to help them make a success of their education,” Mr Anderson said.


Quality Teaching, Successful Students is backed by evidence that the best teachers can have the widest possible influence on student results when they spend part of their working week leading other teachers.


“High-performing school systems around the world have a relentless focus on improving the quality of teaching and use their best teachers in leadership roles.”

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