Georgina Harrisson is Deputy Secretary, Educational Services at the NSW Department of Education. She joined in the Department in April 2017. The role of the Educational Services focuses on the learning and wellbeing of students and coordinates and delivers high quality and responsive policies and services to schools to improve student learning outcomes.
Georgina has 15 years’ experience in public policy across three jurisdictions, in both central and line agencies and is passionate about translating policy into action and impact for the community. Prior to her appointment at the Department of Education, Georgina was the Deputy Secretary, Corporate Services and prior to that, Deputy Secretary, Strategic Reform and Policy at the NSW Department of Family and Community Services. Georgina held a range of senior management positions with the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Office of the NSW Premier in Australia and with the Department of Children Schools and Families, Department of Communities and Local Government, Cabinet Office and Home Office in the UK.
Changing lives through reading: How NSW is lifting student achievement
Georgina Harrisson, Deputy Secretary, Educational Services, NSW Department of Education will share an Australian and New South Wales perspective on how we can support student learning through reading improvement. The presentation will outline the ongoing commitment to literacy and numeracy and some of the initiatives that have led to schools lifting student achievement.
Literacy skills prepare young people for rewarding lives as engaged citizens in a complex and dynamic society. While technology will continue to bring rapid changes to communication, our students of today will enter a world where they will be required to read and write more than at any other time in human history. These foundational skills provide a strong basis for further learning and careers that will shape the state of our community for decades to come. Since 2017 the New South Wales Government has set priorities for schools to lift student achievement in reading and numeracy. Our schools have a focus on ensuring that every student and every teacher in every school improves every year.
A key driver of NSW’s efforts in literacy and numeracy is an evidence-based approach designed to improve student growth and achievement. Explicit teaching, early intervention and screening, formative assessment, targeted teaching, and professional learning form the central pillars of our strategy. Combined with early screening, tracking of student growth against learning progressions, and strong capacity building support for teachers, NSW’s approach to literacy and numeracy seeks to ensure that all learners are equipped with the foundational skills required for future learning and lifetime success.
The presentation will share how we seek to change lives through reading and lift student achievement to prepare for a bright future. The presentation will outline the initiatives and successes that have led to improvements in student achievement and school performance as part of an ongoing commitment to literacy and numeracy. The presentation will discuss how we can help schools and teachers lift achievement in one of the largest public education systems in the world, with over 800,000 students attending more than 2,200 public schools across a geographically and culturally diverse state.