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  • Inaugural Patron of PTC NSW

    Photograph of Professor Bashir, PTC NSW Patron

    The Professional Teachers' Council NSW is delighted to announce that Professor The Honorable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO has accepted the position of inaugural Patron of PTC NSW.

    The Professional Teachers Council NSW is honoured by her acceptance of this role and believes that her presence in our organisation will enhance the status of teachers within the community and support them in improving student outcomes across our state.


    PTCplus -
    Building capacity through professional learning

    The Professional Teachers’ Council NSW is delighted to introduce a professional learning platform utilising the professional capacity of Teacher Associations called PTCplus. Professional Learning events produced by PTCplus across a wide range of curriculum areas, with BOSTES accreditation are quality events created by teachers and presented by teachers.

    Teacher Associations will be invited to provide quality presentations accessing their depth of subject specific knowledge to create contemporary professional learning experiences within schools. PTCplus will work with PTCplus registered schools to create a professional learning centre and community within individual schools. Professional learning events will be created to support individual school plans and staff identified areas of professional learning.

    Non-curriculum events will also be available from PTCplus via a suite of areas presented by leading consultants. To find out more about this exciting new venture for PTC NSW please contact the PTC NSW office to arrange a consultation in your school.

    PTCplus will:

    • Establish a professional learning centre within YOUR school
    • Enable YOU to decide on the professional learning needs of your staff/students/parents
    • Create a PL event calendar with YOU, and for YOU
    • Facilitate the creation of PL events by teachers and presented by teachers to YOUR needs
    • Create compliant BOSTES accredited PL events

    PTCplus is:

    • your professional learning partner
    • creating your learning community
    • your sustainable professional learning model


    sustainability                   productivity                  creativity                     diversity


PTC NSW Member Associations

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Teachers - Join a Professional Teaching Association today!

  • Membership of a Professional Teaching Association entitles you to:

    • Actively participate in curriculum development
    • Be involved in network meetings, workshops, seminars and conferences
    • Receive newsletters or journals and email updates
    • Have access to resources and support networks
    • Maintain and improve knowledge, skills and abilities
    • Develop a professional and social network of colleagues
    • Access to leadership and mentoring opportunities
    • Improve your involvement in education decision making


    Professional associations ... play an important role in enriching and enhancing the quality of teaching, curriculum support, educative leadership, and school development in general. - Schools Renewal Page 112


    How to join a Professional Teaching Association

    For information on joining a professional teachers association, please visit our Member Association websites.  On these sites you will find more information about the work of particular associations, event information, resources and publications AND how to become a member of the association.

    If a website link is not available, please contact the PTC NSW office stating the association you wish to communicate with and we will put you in touch with them. 


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Student Study Days

  • Teaching Associations' HSC Study Days

    Here you will find information for students and their teachers about student study days held by our Professional Teaching Organisations over the course of the school year.

    2016 HSC Study Days:

    Information will be posted progressively during the year about our associations' HSC Student Study Days. For further information about subject specific student days please go to the Associations section. Here you will find a link to each association's website where you can access registration forms, venue locations and contact details for particular events.

    HSC Student Support

    Here you will find useful information about key dates for the Higher School Certificate and the School Certificate Examinations and links to the Board of Studies online student support. All the Board's resources HSC resources are available here.

    Students login using their four-digit personal ID number (PIN) and student number, which gives access to their exam timetable and past exam papers. Students can also access HSC syllabuses, practice tests, notes from markers and other support materials.

    HSC Showcases and Exhibitions

    Outstanding works by 2015 HSC students are showcased to the public in a range of exhibitions and performances in early 2016. Exhibitions such as ARTEXPRESSDESIGNTECH and TEXSTYLE will also tour regional centres in the coming year.

     The NSW Board of Studies has an extensive collection of teaching resources available for download or purchase online.


    ARTEXPRESS is an annual exhibition of exemplary artworks created by students for the Higher School Certificate examination in Visual Arts. The works represent a broad range of subject matter, approaches, styles and media including painting, photomedia, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, graphic design, documented forms, textiles and fibre, ceramics, time-based forms and collections of works.

    ARTEXPRESS represents the high standards and diversity achieved by Year 12 Visual Arts students in New South Wales schools.

    2016 Exhibition dates

    Metropolitan exhibitions

    Margaret Whitlam Galleries, University of Western Sydney - 5 February to 6 May 2016

    Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Gymea - 13 February to 3 April 2016

    The Armory, Sydney Olympic Park - 29 February to 24 April 2016

    Art Gallery of NSW - 16 March to 15 May 2016

    McGlade Art Gallery, Australian Catholic University, Strathfield - 29 July to 29 August 2016

    Regional exhibitions

    Wollongong Regional Art Gallery - 22 April to 19 June 2016

    Wagga Wagga Art Gallery - 15 July to 11 September 2016

    Maitland Regional Art Gallery - 10 September to 30 October 2016

    The Glasshouse Port Macquarie -9 September to 30 October 2016

    Blue Mountains Cultural Centre - City Art Gallery - 16 September to 6 November 2016



    Callback is the showcase of exemplary performances and compositions by HSC students of Dance. Performances of Callback have provided valuable demonstrations of HSC standards to students and teachers of Dance since 1993. This is a great opportunity for students who are currently studying HSC Dance as well as for students who are contemplating undertaking this as a course of study. At the conclusion of each matinee performance there is a Q&A with the performers and HSC markers.

    Callback will be held in the Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre, in February 2016. As well as the performances, HSC student workshops will be held each day.

    Performance and workshop dates

    11 February – 12 February 2016

    Booking informaation -

    SHAPE 2015

    A new look Technology exhibition has been launched in 2016. The expanded exhibition features a selection of exemplary Major Projects from Higher School Certificate Design and Technology, Industrial Technology and Textiles and Design students from the 2015 Higher School Certificates examinations.

    Shape 2015 opens at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Powerhouse Museum on 26 February 2016 and closes on 8 May 2016.

    Texstyle and InTech will still be held in 2016, see dates below.

    Design and Technology seminars

    In 2016 the seminar program will focus on the Design and Technology Preliminary and HSC courses. Students will learn from professional designers, undertake a digital design workshop, examine the marking guidelines for Design and Technology (Year 12), learn more about sustainability in the design process (Year 11), as well as having the opportunity to view the exhibition.

    Year 12: Monday 29 February – Friday 4 March 2016

    Year 11: Thursday 17 – Friday 18 March, Monday 21 – Wednesday 23 March 2016.

    Cost (includes GST): .00 * (including museum entry and student booklet), * one teacher admitted free for every 20 students

    General enquiries: (02) 9367 8309


    ENCORE is a program of outstanding performances and compositions by students from the Higher School Certificate Music examinations. It is held annually at the Sydney Opera House.

    Performance date and time:

    Monday 22 February 2016: Matinee 1.30 pm and Evening 7.00 pm

    Ticket prices (includes GST)
    Adults* .00 and Students .00 * One teacher admitted free for every 20 students. Tickets on sale from the Sydney Opera House Box Office from Friday 27 November 2015.


    InTech is an exhibition of outstanding Major Projects from Higher School Certificate Industrial Technology students.

    The exhibition covers all Industrial Technology focus areas – Timber Products and Furniture, Automotive, Electronics, Graphics, Metal and Engineering, and Multimedia. The exhibition includes students’ folios that document the design, management, communication and production of their projects.

    2016 Exhibition dates

    Sydney Timber and Working with Wood Show, Sydney Showground, Homebush

    Friday 24 June to Sunday 26 June 2016, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm daily

    More information is available on the Institute of Industrial Arts Technology Education website.


    OnSTAGE is a presentation and exhibition of group and individual performances and projects by Higher School Certificate Drama students. The OnSTAGE season at the Seymour Centre is presented by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW and the NSW Department of Education.

    OnSTAGE performances

    The season of exemplary Drama performances from the 2015 Higher School Certificate will preview on Saturday, 6 February and run from Monday, 8 February to Friday, 12 February 2016 at 1.30 pm and 7.30 pm in the York Theatre, Seymour Centre.

    Writers OnSTAGE/OnSCREEN

    Writers OnSTAGE/OnSCREEN features rehearsed readings by professional actors and directors of two scripts from individual projects of the HSC Drama examination, plus the screening of three exemplary videos. The readings and screenings will take place in the Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre from Wednesday, 10 February to Friday, 12 February 2016 at 10.30 am.

    OnSTAGE and Writers OnSTAGE/OnSCREEN may include contemporary political and social issues and some language that may offend. It is advisable to take this into consideration when deciding the age group of students invited to attend.

    OnSTAGE exhibition

    Exemplary individual projects by HSC Drama students will be on exhibition in the foyer of the Seymour Centre from Saturday, 6 February to Friday, 12 February 2016. Projects will include costume and set design, promotion and program, and theatre review.

    Performance dates: 6 February – 12 February 2016


    Texstyle is an exhibition of Higher School Certificate Textiles and Design major projects.

    2016 Exhibition dates

    The Stitches and Craft Show, Rosehill Gardens - Thursday 3 March to Sunday 6 March , 10.00 am – 4.30 pm daily

    Young Writers Showcase

    Young Writers Showcase is an anthology of some of the extraordinary Major Works in print, sound and visual media submitted for the HSC English Extension 2 course.

    The anthology is launched at the State Library of NSW as part of wordeXpress.

    Copies of the Young Writers Showcase are available through the Board of Studies online shop.

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Global Education Project NSW (GEPNSW)

  • The Global Education Project NSW (GEPNSW) works to help educators provide teaching and learning which broadens students’ outlook so they become more active, involved citizens of the global community.

    We work with universities to deliver Global Education content and pedagogy to pre-service teachers across the full range of KLAs and with schools in all sectors to develop resources and teaching programs.

    For teachers

    Access a range of Global Education classroom and background resources

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    gepnsw gpf cover s Global education is a perspective which broadens students’ outlook to become active, engaged citizens of the global community. It provides deep learning opportunities for the exploration of all subjects through the five global education learning emphases: interdependence and globalisation;identity and cultural diversity; social justice and human rights; peace building and conflict resolution; and sustainable futures.

    icon Global Perspectives Framework GEPNSW (4.36 MB)


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Upcoming Events

Saturday, 28 May, 2016 - 09:00AM
Early Career Teachers Day - English
Saturday, 04 June, 2016 - 08:30AM
Biology, Earth & Environmental Science and Senior
Friday, 10 June, 2016 - 08:30AM
Aeronautical Velocity Challenge 2016
Tuesday, 14 June, 2016 - 04:30PM
Leadership Webinar – Session 4
Friday, 24 June, 2016 - 10:00AM
Wood Show Challenge 2016 – State Finals
Tuesday, 12 July, 2016 - 08:30AM
Australian Kodály Certificate Primary
Tuesday, 12 July, 2016 - 08:30AM
Australian Kodály Certificate Primary
Saturday, 16 July, 2016 - 08:00AM
LSA HSC Student Lectures 2016
Saturday, 24 September, 2016 - 08:00AM
LSA HSC Student Lectures 2016
Friday, 18 November, 2016
World Toilet Day

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  • Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association (ASFLA)

    2016 Conference - Language as social power: 20th century beginnings, 21st century futures

    The Australian Catholic University (ACU) is hosting this year’s Conference which will be held at our North Sydney Campus from 27 to 29 September. The Conference is guaranteed to provide literacy educators, teacher trainers and linguists with a valuable Conference experience that offers insight into contemporary research in Systemic Functional Linguistics. Day 2 (28 September)of the conference is designated as Teachers’ Day, a day that has consistently received positive feedback on the presentations which showcase innovative approaches and practical strategies that support building of teachers’ capacities for application in educational settings.

    Keynote speakers and conversation participants:

    Participants will have the opportunity to enrich their conference experience further through keynote presentations by Beth Armstrong (Edith Cowan University); Robyn Cox (ACU & Primary English Teachers Association of Australia); Shooshi Dreyfus (University of Wollongong); Bronwyn Parkin, University of Adelaide; Marie Quinn (New Zealand Ministry of Education).

    More detailed information about the Conference is available from the Learning Sciences Institute Aust website:

  • To See the Way: Toward a Positive Psychology of Indigenous Thriving

    The Sir Harold Wyndham Memorial Lecture will be presented by Professor Rhonda Craven on Thursday 23 June 2016, 6.00 - 7.30pm at Australian Catholic University, Level 22 Tenison Woods House, 8-20 Napier Street, North Sydney


    There is an exciting new Indigenous world where Indigenous children, youth, and communities are not just succeeding but triumphing. However, little is known about how to identify, measure, and emulate these successes more broadly. This address introduces the new positive psychology of Indigenous thriving and the reciprocal research partnership model of Indigenous thriving utilising a research framework founded upon positive psychology principles and holistic Indigenous Australian worldviews. This model prioritises the voices and agency of Indigenous people, proposes that research be conducted in partnership as opposed to research being imposed on Indigenous communities, and focuses on Indigenous Australian strengths as opposed to deficit approaches.

    BOSTES Accreditation: 1.5 hours at Proficient Level

    Cost: The lecture is free. The dinner follwing the lecture is $30 per person

    Event contact:

    Online Registration and further information:

  • An Information Evening for PTC NSW Member Associations delivering Professional Learning to support teacher accreditation

    Wednesday 1 June 2016, 5.30pm – 7.45pm at the IEU Meeting Rooms, 485–501 Wattle St, Ultimo NSW

    Cost: Free event for PTC NSW members. Non members $30 (incl gst) per attendee. Refreshments – tea and coffee.

    The evening will commence with a BOSTES update by Paul Martin, Executive Director Research Policy and Reporting, followed by a Q&A session.

    The following workshop session looks at the delivery of Quality Teaching Council Registered Professional Development to support teacher accreditation. The focus of the workshop is to support professional teaching associations in designing professional development for the purpose of teacher accreditation.

    BOSTES Professional Learning officers will conduct the workshop:

    Susan Gazis, Senior Policy Officer, Initial Teacher Education and Professional Learning

    Gina Doukas, Policy Officer, Initial Teacher Education and Professional Learning

    Andrew Gregg, Policy Officer, Initial Teacher Education and Professional Learning

    Workshop topics:

    • BOSTES findings from a Desk Audit of QTC Registered professional development

    • Endorsement process

    • Using the standards for the purpose of professional development

    • The Professional Development Framework for teachers maintaining their accreditation

    • Designing professional development

    • Future sessions – suggestions

    Closing date: Workshop registration closes – Wednesday 25 May 2016

    Please email your intention to attend to:

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