An Introduction to Teaching in an Anglican School (Proficient)

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An Introduction to Teaching in an Anglican School (Proficient)

Everything you need to know about the distinctives of teaching in your Anglican School

Course Code: PL2013


This NESA-accredited Proficient level online course will help you to understand the vision and history of Anglican schools in NSW and become more familiar with the culture and expectations of the school you are working in. It is specifically designed to explore the educational vision of the Sydney Diocese and the way it is expressed in individual schools.


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Completing An Introduction to Teaching in an Anglican School will contribute 20 hours of NESA accredited PD addressing 6.2.2 and 6.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.



Target audience: For teachers that are new to Anglican schools.


Purpose of this course:
The course has been designed to help you understand the vision and some of the history of Anglican schools in NSW and to facilitate a process that will help you to become more familiar with the culture and expectations of the school you are now working in. It is specifically designed to explore the educational vision of the Sydney Diocese and the way this is expressed in individual schools. The course acknowledges the wide range of culture and faith expressions in Anglican schools and aims to orient the participant to the particular expression of the education and faith vision in their own school workplace. The course presents a brief overview of the Biblical understanding that underpins the diocesan vision. 


The course structure and timing:

An Introduction to Teaching in an Anglican School is a twenty-hour course attracting twenty hours of NESA-accredited learning at the Proficient level.

This course can be:

  • completed online over a period of fifteen weeks
  • undertaken as an intensive, facilitated, face-to-face, two-day course (consecutive or separated days) - by arrangement with EdComm.
  • custom designed to integrate with your school’s Professional Learning schedule - by arrangement with EdComm.
  • as separate modules in various combinations (further detail below).

The course has eight modules and involves Readings, Videos and Interactive Learning Tasks – discussions and reflection exercises that are an application of the learning to the participant’s school situation.


Explicit course outcomes:

  1. To develop a critical understanding of the unique nature of your Anglican school within the framework of the school's vision, while also developing an understanding and respect for the history and vision of Anglican schooling.
  2. To develop an understanding of the Biblical foundation that underpins Anglican schooling.
  3. To reflect on how you can fit into and contribute to the culture and fulfilment of the vision of your Anglican school.


Success criteria:

  1. The participant can express an understanding of the vision of the school and its relationship to lived practice within the school.
  2. The participant engages in discussion with the Head of School or their appointed person about the history and culture of the school.
  3. The participant shows evidence of understanding the concepts of Biblical inerrancy and an overview of the story of the Bible (a brief biblical theology).
  4. The participant reflects on their own practice and can express an appreciation of the school's culture and where they can contribute.


Course outline:

Part A - Modules 1, 2, 3 & Reflection (5 hours)

Module 1: An overview of the purpose and vision of education

This module begins by looking at the OECD Education Vision Statement, then briefly looks at the Melbourne Declaration, and a Christian Vision for Education. Participants read three short summary papers and complete two Learning Tasks.

Module 2: The vision for Anglican education in the Diocese of Sydney

This module begins with a short history of Anglican schooling, asks participants to read extracts from the Diocesan Vision for Education Statement, then read the 2009 Isaac Armitage Lecture which sets out a very clear vision for Anglican Education. Four current Heads of Anglican Schools speak briefly about their visions for education. Three Learning Tasks are completed.

Module 3: Understanding the differences in Anglican Schools

This short unit helps participants to appreciate the diversity of relationships Anglican schools have with the Diocese and the contribution of historical factors to this diversity. There are no Learning Tasks in this unit.

Part B - Module 4 & Reflection (4 hours)

Module 4: Understanding the common heritage in Anglican schools (prepared in conjunction with Moore College) 

Module Four has four parts and was compiled in partnership with Moore Theological College. Part A explores knowing God through the Bible, Part B explores knowing God's purpose through the narrative of the Bible, Part C explores knowing God's salvation through Jesus Christ and Part D explores knowing the God of the Bible. Most of this information is video based. There are two Learning tasks to be completed.

Part C - Modules 5, 6 & Reflection (7 hours)

Module 5: Understanding your school

This unit is a practical experience of learning about the new school. It guides the participant's exploration of their new school: its stated mission, vision and values, its stated and lived values, and the school's formal and informal expressions of its faith base. After interacting with the school website and printed materials, participants will interact with the Head of School or the Chaplain and other staff to learn more about the school. There are five Learning Tasks to complete in this unit.

Module 6: Understanding your role in the school

This short module asks participants to explore what is expected of them in upholding the values and faith base of the school in the classroom, in pastoral care and in co-curricular activities. There is one Learning Task to complete.

Part D - Module 7 & Reflection (4 hours)

Module 7: Current issues

Module 7 explores why no education can be values free and challenges participants to recognise and critique the values base of content they are teaching and to teach students to be critical thinkers. A video clip of Ken Dickens helps to clarify these challenges. There are two Learning Tasks to complete.


Module 8: Reflection

This unit asks the participants to reflect on their learning from this course and what they can contribute to their school. They are then asked to set some short and long-term goals based on their learning and expected contribution to the school. There are two Learning Tasks to assist this process.


This course can now be completed in the following combinations:

  1. The complete course (20 hours NESA Accreditation) – This is our recommended course of study
  2. One or any combination of:


Part A – The Contextualisation of Anglican Education in Australia - Overview of the Purpose and Vision of Education

(Modules 1 - 3 + Reflection, 5 hours) – Course Code PL2013A


Part B – Anglican Fundamentals - Understanding the Common Heritage in Anglican Schools

(Module 4 + Reflection, 4 hours) – Course Code PL2013B


Part C – My School Orientation & My Role

(Modules 5 & 6 + Reflection, 7 hours) – Course Code PL2013C


Part D – Values for All - Current Issues

(Module 7 + Reflection, 4 hours) – Course Code PL2013D


We recommend:

  • where possible, teachers complete the full 20 hr course to gain maximum benefit
  • staff new to teaching complete, as a minimum,  Parts B and C.
  • Part D Module 7 - Values for All as a stand-alone module useful for all staff, especially when looking at how to develop values as part of teaching.


Take this important first step in learning about teaching in your Anglican school


Course cost: 

$100pp for Anglican EdComm Member Schools

$100pp for Anglican EdComm Individual Members

$200pp for Non-member Schools


Dates available:

January 20 – July 3 2020


Further information:

Once you have registered and paid you will be given access to EdComm's Learning Management System, where you will be able to work through the course material in a facilitated online learning community.


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