October 2022

Since 2020 the Catholic Education team in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn has introduced and rolled out Catalyst across our network of 56 schools, 2,000+ teachers and 21,000+ students.

Catalyst has garnered great interest and acclamation from schools and systems nationwide and, most recently, it has also attracted the attention of the NSW State Government. In a speech at the James Martin Institute for Public Policy’s inaugural oration last month, NSW State Premier, Dominic Perrottet, outlined his plans to modernise and reform the education system. The Premier spoke passionately about his focus on education as an enabler of opportunity and introduced the State Government’s new strategy to lift student success and well-being throughout NSW.

Perrottet specifically referenced the Catalyst program as a great example of effective teacher professional learning which sets both teachers and their students up for success,

I can see value in the approach that some Catholic schools have taken to teacher development with a program called Catalyst. By working with teachers one-to-one – schools are sharing best-practice methods among teachers, making sure every teacher is equipped with tools to excel. And students are benefiting from higher quality teaching and consistency through their schooling life.”

This is a fantastic acknowledgment of the work that has been undertaken by many to develop, roll-out and advocate for Catalyst as a valuable framework within which we can continue to improve education outcomes through our system.

Watch the speech here (Dominic Perrottet speaking from 45:00): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCP1srmJi90

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