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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
    • YOU decide on the professional learning needs of your staff/students/parents
    • PTCplus creates a PL event calendar with YOU
    • PL events are created by teachers – presented by teachers to YOUR needs
    • Compliant PL events are BOSTES accredited

    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

  •  Student 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.

    This year Student Study Days will be listed here once they are finalised:

    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 will find registration forms 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

Friday, 06 May, 2016 - 09:00AM
2016 VADEA NSW Conference
Saturday, 07 May, 2016 - 08:45AM
The Orff Process
Saturday, 07 May, 2016 - 09:00AM
Music Technology in the Classroom – Canberra
Friday, 13 May, 2016 - 08:30AM
Stage 6 Conference
Friday, 13 May, 2016 - 08:30AM
ACHPER NSW Stage 6 Conference
Tuesday, 17 May, 2016 - 04:30PM
Leadership Webinar – Session 3
Friday, 20 May, 2016 - 08:30AM
2016 EBE NSW Annual Conference
Friday, 20 May, 2016 - 08:45AM
New Careers Advisers Day 2016
Saturday, 21 May, 2016 - 08:30AM
Meet the Markers of the 2015 HSC Science Exams
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

Latest News

  • Growing Up Globally - Book launch at Newcastle University

    The Global Education Research and Teaching Team (GERT - at the University of Newcastle launched their new book of global education focussed units of work for primary schools at the international Global Learning Equity Network Symposium on the 11th March 2016. The eight units address “big picture ideas” such as Change; and Citizenship while addressing current Australian and NSW curriculum outcomes and Global Education focuses such as Sustainable Futures; and Social Justice and Human Rights. The title of the teaching units is Growing Up Globally - Teaching global education in primary classrooms.

    To find out more about this exciting new resource Growing Up Globally  and to download a PDF of the Introduction and sample pages from the first chapter entitled

  • Showcasing our associations' PL events

    PTC NSW Professional Learning events calendar for Semester 1 2016 PL is now available for download.

    icon PTC NSW PL Calendar Semester 1 2016 (753.81 kB)

    All PTC NSW member associations are invited to inform the Secretariat of their association's PL events scheduled for each semester.

    The PL semester calendars offer a smorgasbord of quality PL events held by our member associations.

    This calendar is a wonderful vehicle for reaching a wide audience of members and non-members, encouraging teachers to attend BOSTES accredited courses or consider joining their respective Professional Teaching Association.

    For further information contact the PTC NSW office via email or phone 02 9716 0378.

  • PTCplus update

    To date we have two Department of Education Schools as registered members in our pilot scheme, presenting courses to their staff, designed by the school, presented in their school. As the program grows and develops all PTC NSW member associations will be invited to provide quality presentations accessing their depth of subject specific knowledge and valued professional presenters to create contemporary professional learning experiences to be delivered within schools.

    Based on our initial evaluations, PL presentations via PTCplus have been very positively received. PTCplus is providing quality professional teacher created, teacher presented professional events, tailor made for schools by school staff. A professional team of consultants are also available to support non-curriculum areas of interest for both staff and students. Courses that are attracting much interest include Wellness; Values; Mentoring; Positive Psychology and Resilience.

    Non-curriculum staff and student events are also available from PTCplus. To find out more about this exciting new venture PTC NSW will be hosting an information evening early in Term 1. Information will be sent to all member associations shortly.

    Contact the PTC NSW office on 02 9716 0378 if you would like further information about this exciting initiative.

    PTCplus supporting schools to build capacity through professional learning.

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