School-university-education system partnerships
The faculty, through the offices of Professional Experiences and Professional Learning has developed partnership structures with an increasing number of schools, both primary and secondary. The forms of partnership vary but in general they revolve around programs that link pre-service professional learning and Professional Experience with opportunities for teacher professional learning.
Professional development modules are being delivered to teachers in school sites that are often also hosting groups of pre-service teachers for Professional Experience. Regular Professional Learning Partners meetings are held within the faculty at which teachers and academics present work together within a context of collaborative professional exchange.
Relationships with schools vary, however, the following partnership schools are among those that have helped develop the faculty's unique group mentoring program for pre-service teachers in their first professional experience. Some schools such as North Sydney PS (Demonstration School) and Curl Curl North PS have a particularly long-standing relationship with the faculty.
St George District of the NSW Department of Education and Training
Currently the Department of Education and Training funds two half lectureships, where staff are jointly located at the faculty and Georges River College, Oatley. This partnership has so far produced:
- University-developed, board-endorsed courses two courses that target particular skills students need for study at university are offered routinely to Stage 6 students at the college.
- Enrichment of pre-service teacher training seminars, workshops and conferences that are designed to facilitate teachers' and schools' direct involvement in pre-service teachers' education, are conducted by the University at the college.
- Professional development of in-service teachers the two lecturers involved in the partnership work with college staff and with the Education District to develop, provide and evaluate professional development initiatives.