What is Catalyst?

Catalyst encompasses the teaching and learning approach of Catholic Education Canberra Goulburn. Informed by the Science of Learning and Science of Reading, Catalyst delivers excellent learning experiences for students through evidence-based teaching practice and high-quality resources.

Pillars of teaching and learning


What we teach


How we teach


How we know

Catalyst Resources

Learn more about the underpinning research of Catalyst through curated resources including readings, videos and podcasts.

Director, Ross Fox | CECG System Day 2023

Ross Fox addresses staff at Catholic Education Canberra Goulburn's System Day 2023

Catalyst Brochure

Summarising the Catalyst program, an evidence-based teaching approach, and how it is implemented at a system level


Catalyst Knowledge Pack 1.0

A suite of resources and readings that will give you a greater understanding of the foundational research and theories that underpin the Catalyst program


Catalyst Knowledge Pack for Teachers

Specifically designed for teachers, Knowledge Pack 2.0 is a collection of research on the core knowledge underpinning Catalyst.


Catalyst in Numbers

Since its launch in 2020, Catalyst has had a wide-reaching impact across all our schools with

Principals engaged in professional learning
Teachers engaged in Online Units and Professional Learning sessions
Teachers engaged in High Impact Teaching Practice, with all schools participating
Teachers trained in evidence-based whole class Literacy Instruction
Schools using evidence-based literacy intervention across K-12
Schools implementing The Writing Revolution

What does Catalyst mean for me?

The latest from Catalyst

CECG welcomes visitors from across the nation to see Catalyst in action

Sep 2023

In the lead up to the Sharing Best Practice conference in Canberra, Catholic Education Canberra Goulburn welcomed colleagues from across the nation

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Catalyst and CECG Teachers featured at Sharing Best Practice Conference, Canberra

Sep 2023

Catholic Education Canberra Goulburn were delighted to be featured across four presentations at the conference

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CECG Year 3 and 5 students exceeding 2023 National reading and numeracy results

Aug 2023

Principals and teachers throughout Catholic Education Canberra Goulburn are delighted in the 2023 NAPLAN results achieved, which are testament to high impact teaching practice implemented through the Catalyst program.

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What the UK can teach us about Science of Learning

Aug 2023

The UK is ten years further along their Science of Learning journey than Australia. Learn about CECG's key learnings as they reflected on a a tour of some of the UK's leading schools.

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Sharing the Catalyst journey with Catholic Education Cairns

Jul 2023

Catholic Education Canberra Goulburn’s approach to teaching and learning has continued to draw national interest from across the Nation, with colleagues from Catholic Education Diocese of Cairns visiting some of our schools to see it in action.

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    • This way of teaching has made our lessons more engaging. We are reminded of past content through daily reviews so I am able to remember and recall information a lot better. By going back to past content and reminding us of these concepts we don’t forget it and I am able to better recall that information.
      Year 9 Student
    • The class is very engaging and I feel comfortable contributing to class discussions because of the environment of the classroom and the teaching style of my teacher.
      Year 12 Student
    • I love teaching in this way allows children to be their best self, which makes you feel good as a teacher and you just want to keep building them up which is then building you up. I learn so much from watching others, to then have others come into my class to observe my lessons and watch me, I am so open share and collaborate and build each other up, that is the best thing about this Catalyst journey
      Monique George Year 3/4 Teacher
      St Thomas the Apostle Kambah
    • The staff at St Mary’s are excited to be taking part in professional learning that aligns with our prior experience and knowledge. The professional learning has been engaging, practical and relevant.
      Sarah LowePrincipal
      St Mary’s Primary School - Crookwell
    • I’ve seen a significant growth in student knowledge and deep understanding of the literacy concepts within my Stage 1 classroom. Student engagement is high due to the fast pace of delivery, visual scaffolds, and multisensory movement to embed concepts being taught.
      Jenny SmithCoordinator and Stage One Teacher
      St Bernard’s Primary School - Batemans Bay
    • Our journey at Sacred Heart has set us on a focused path to improving students’ outcomes for reading and writing. We were also seeking common language across the school around the science of reading - we are now well on our way!
      Janica MorellaLearning Support
      Sacred Heart, Pearce

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