Learning, Wellbeing and Inclusion

Chaired by John Neate and comprising professional members representing the two respective Principal Associations, community and/or parents and a representative from the Diocese of Port Pirie, the Learning Wellbeing and Inclusion Standing Committee (LWI) met on seven occasions during 2022.  The committee received reports and recommendations and considered various matters of significance to CESA.

School Quality and Performance Section

Despite the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in which members of the School Quality and Performance (SQP) section were seconded to schools to support staff shortages, the SQP team used 2022 to build on the foundations of the Blueprint for Step Change improvement strategy which commenced in 2021.

The 2022 school year saw further evidence of CESA’s commitment to placing the child or young person at the centre of the learning. This was evidenced by the increasing use of data walls, school engagement with the Student Dashboard and participation in the Classroom Pulse Check-In, and the Living Learning Leading surveys.

Our principals continue to build on their roles as the instructional leaders of their school community as evidenced by their Quality and Performance team (QPT), their engagement with the Clarity Learning Suite (CLS) and leading staff discussion on learning and analysing data. 2022 saw all schools having a nominated or designated Leader of Learning (LoL) or similar role.

Across CESA we have worked to refocus the Schools Performance Leader role to support the principals as Instructional Leaders and their focus on their school improvement agenda, and to function as a ‘knowledgeable other’ for principals and QPTs and work through the CLS as a team.

The SQP section also worked to improve the region-based capacity by building collaboration within each of the regions, notably through the Partners in Practice (PiP) Program, region-based data analysis workshops and LearnWell professional learning.

In 2022 a system-wide data platform within CESA Reporting Services (CRS) was launched. Schools now have access to NAPLAN, SACE, NCCD, EALD, ICSEA and absentee and daily attendance data as well as their Balanced Scorecard and Classroom Pulse Check-In data, with many of those data sets being aggregated in the Student Dashboard.

Finally, 88 schools across four cohorts are engaging with our ‘critical friend’, Dr Lyn Sharratt through the Clarity Learning Suite. In 2022 an additional 48 schools commenced the Clarity Learning Suite. David Mezinec, Principal at Tenison Woods College, presented at the first national CLARITY Celebratory Learning Fair in April. Deputy Director, John Mula OAM, David Mezinec and Ros Oates, Principal of St Joseph’s Murray Bridge presented on CESA’s Improvement agenda at the National Catholic Education Conference in Melbourne in September.