Queensland Academy for Science Mathematics and Technology (QASMT) upholds the conviction that "improved teaching is the key to improved student learning" (School Improvement Framework, 2012). Our pedagogical framework is underpinned by the GROWTH program that provides a positive learning environment to allow students to flourish. Furthermore, it promotes collective responsibility through collaborative practices for ensuring academic success for every student. It details high quality, evidence based explicit teaching strategies to develop a team of expert teachers who can make a positive impact to a student's learning journey and improve student agency.
Our pedagogical framework is informed by the International Bacculaureate (IB) Middle Years (MYP) and Diploma Programmes (DP), providing our school community with a structure for developing learning autonomy and transferable skills in our students. The model of instruction enacted through this framework is the Fischer and Frey (2008) model of Gradual Release of Responsibility (GRR) and Sharratt and Fullan's (2009) Learning Intentions (LI) and Success Criteria (SC). These models ensure a purposeful shift to student-centred learning.