Stage 6 Science Programming & Depth Studies

Jim Sturgiss
Aligning practice for better outcomes.
Science teachers! Get your head around the new Stage 6 syllabuses. What's new and different? Write killer standards-based depth studies. Design programs for inquiry-...
Target Audience
Stage 6 Science teachers

Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

This workshop is designed to provide science teachers the time and space to analyse the new syllabi and prepare for its implementation by creating an inquiry-based teaching and learning program and a standards-based depth study.

Their efforts will be shared on a moodle forum so that participants may benefit from the collective efficacy of the group.


Stage 6 Science teachers

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

The workshop will be a blended delivery that accesses online resources

This course contributes to 5.0 professional development hours.


  Start Date Location Availability Price    
Enrol Now 12/03/2018 Sydney CBD Places available $347 + GST Enrol Now


Inquiry-based syllabus

1 hour

Discussion of “Working Scientifically” outcomes: their significance and how they can be addressed

Depth Studies

2 hours

Presenter will provide some examples of depth studies and their standards-based marking rubrics.
Participants will engage with the rubrics to score some sample responses.
Participants will create and share their own depth study.

Programming for inquiry-based learning

2 hours

The new syllabuses embrace an inquiry-based learning model.
Presenters will provide examples of a topic program that use a 5E inquiry-based sequence.
Participants will collaboratively produce a program for one Inquiry Question from the syllabus suitable for their school. Group efforts will be shared online.

What To Bring

A wifi enabled laptop

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About the team

Jim Sturgiss


Improving outcomes through aligned teaching practice synergies.

Jim is an educational researcher and independent educational consultant. A recipient of the NSW PTC Distinguished Service Award for leadership in delivering targeted professional learning to teachers, he works with schools to align assessment, reporting and learning practice. He has been a DoE Senior Assessment Advisor where he developed many statewide assessments, (ESSA, SNAP, ELLA, BST) and as Coordinator: Analytics where he developed reports to schools for statewide assessments and NAPLAN.

Selected NSW Department of Education and Communities appointments
2015                            Analytics, Systems and Development Coordinator 
2012 – 2013                School Assessment Design and Development Acting Coordinator (ESSA)
2007 – 2010                Head Teacher Science, Newtown High School of Performing Arts
2004 – 2005                Senior Assessment Officer, Computer Skills Assessment (CSA6)
2004                            Test Development Officer, Secondary Numeracy Assessment Program (SNAP)
2000 – 2004                Head Teacher Science, Concord High School 
1998 – 2000                Senior Assessment Officer, English Language and Literacy Assessment (ELLA)

Teaching Qualifications
1993 – 1997                M.Ed. (Hons) University of New England (Thesis: Literacy & learning in Science) 
1979                            Dip. Ed. University of Wollongong
1976 – 1978                B.Sc. University of Wollongong (Majors in Chemistry and Bioenergetics)