Refining Our Approach to Stage 6

When: Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th October,  2021
Where: Online

An opportunity for secondary science teachers to join with teachers of Stage 6, academics, and researchers to refine our approach to the current syllabuses across all courses.  

The event is focused on refining approaches to the Stage 6 courses to improve pedagogy, increase the depth of Modules and to broaden the existing teaching strategies. 

Program Outline

The conference is divided into six course strands; Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Investigating Science, Physics and Science Extension. There is scope for delegates to attend sessions across strands.  

Each session will explore ways of teaching Stage 6 to best prepare students for the HSC and to cater to all learners, increase student interest and retention, and improve student capabilities and performance. This will be achieved through a focus on pedagogy, assessment, HSC preparation, depth studies and incorporating relevant and contemporary scientific research and academia. Sessions will be module-specific within each course.


As a requirement of your elective professional development if you wish to log the Conference hours against the stated standards there is an Implementation Session for you to attend scheduled for Tuesday November 16,  5:30 –7pm.  A zoom link will be sent to all participants.

Benefits for participants:

  • Links to research and evidence base for deep learning
  • Teaching and learning illustrations of practice
  • Advice on sequences of learning, assessment, and depth studies
  • Practical tools to evaluate the impact on student learning


Individual Members
Life Members  $49.50
Secondary School Associate  
Non Members
Pre-Service Member  


**REGISTRATION CLOSE:  Wednesday 29 September 2021

For details on Program Sessions, see Registration




Keynote Day 1

Prof Anthony Dooley, UTS

Teaching STEM post-COVID

Teaching is facing a major challenge, both at School and University level. Students’ motivations and capabilities, already undergoing a massive shift with the internet/data revolution, have been catapulted to a new planet by lockdowns, learning from home, on-line assessments, “remote” laboratory “experiences” and a host of other “new normal” practices.
I believe that we are in the middle of a paradigm shift. As we come out of COVID, our classrooms are not going to be the same. It is up to us, the front-line educators, to get together and help invent a future, in which the scientists and mathematicians so desperately needed for society to meet these new challenges, are developed, nurtured and educated.

Keynote Day 2

Dr Sue Thomson, ACER’s Deputy CEO (Research)

Australia's science performance in international tests varies: in TIMSS at both Year 4 and Year 8 we perform well above the international average and scores have improved since 2015. In PISA, Australia's performance is still above the international average but has been declining since science was first the subject of focus in 2006. This presentation will place the most recent results for New South Wales in the context of the national results, and will present both a more fine-grained details of achievement and also New South Wales students' attitudes and beliefs about science.



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