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SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT AT HEATLEY SS

Heatley State School has been working in the NQ Region's school improvement initiative since August 2013 when we joined as one of 40 initial trial schools. Since 2014, all NQ schools have participated to varying degrees in implementing the work of leading  academic and researcher, Dr. Lyn Sharratt from Ontario, Canada.
(See her website: http://lynsharratt.com/). 
Members of our the school leadership team have attended  workshops with Dr. Sharratt who has visited the region on a number of occasions. Dr Sharratt has also visited our school. Her book, "Putting Faces on the Data" (2012) written with Michael Fullan, provides evidence and practice examples from schools that have lifted student results. Her most recent book, "Leading Collaborative Learning” (2016) written with Beate Planche features case studies from schools in our North QLD region.  In 2017, the Department of Education also embraced the work of Doug Fisher, Nancy Frey and John Hattie. Their book called, "Visible Learning For Literacy", provides further strategies based on evidence from practice in schools to help every student achieve and succeed. The book's premise is: every student deserves a great teacher, not by chance, but by design. Members of the school leadership team have also undertaken training with Doug Fisher and now we are adapting these ideas and practices into our school improvement agenda. 
Our 2018 priorities are: (i) Literacy and Levels of Achievement in English (Prep -Yr 1)
                                        (ii) Student Well Being.
School resources, time and training are steered towards the achievement of these. Read the school newsletter that provides fortnightly updates on our school improvement work. The long and the short of it is, over the past few years since starting this journey, the number of students reaching at or above expected growth in reading and English is exponentially improving. This is something we continue to celebrate!