Research shows the benefit of effective teaching and student engagement. The Improving high school engagement learning curve (PDF, 1.6MB) uses data from the NSW Tell Them From Me student surveys in 2013 and 2015 to look at how students' engagement, performance and experience of classroom practices in Year 7 affect their engagement and performance in Year 9.
Learn more about the Tell Them From Me surveys.
Based on the modelling work in this publication, the following summarises the strategies that the research evidence identifies as most effective for improving engagement and achievement in Years 7-9. You can also download these strategies as a PDF (115kB)
Authors: Tim Gorrod, Louise Taggart, Meg Dione-Rodgers, Dr Susan Harriman, Dr Nadine Smith
Evaluator company/business: Quality Assurance Team, Policy, Planning and Reporting Unit, NSW Department of Education
URL or PDF: Download the Final report of the program evaluation of The Galuwa scholarship program (PDF, 2.92MB)
Summary: This report reviews the aims of the Galuwa scholarship program and assesses the impact of the program on students' educational achievement, cultural knowledge, self-confidence and career knowledge and pathways. The report also investigates the role and impact of the key strategies of the program: action plans, individual tuition and career aspiration hubs. A multi-method approach was employed to evaluate the impact of the Galuwa scholarship program. Quantitative methods include analysis of NAPLAN data, as well as analysis of survey data of students and staff. Qualitative methods include a review of program documents, interviews with key stakeholders, observation of activities and open-ended questions included in the surveys of students and staff. The evaluation found that the scholarship was a highly motivating factor for students, with different aspects of the program being most powerful for different students.