Professional development, managed by the Director of Teaching and Learning, Christopher Bradbury, along with Heads of academic departments, looks at current educational thinking and emphasises the need for a multi-faceted approach to staff development if improvements in teaching and learning are to be achieved.
Some of the many avenues of professional support include:
- staff attendance at seminars, conferences and courses
- school in-service programs including six full PD days each year and on-going support through staff short courses, particularly in ICT
- staff induction and a mentoring program for all new staff
- convening the biennial National Boys' Education conference and hosting many educational conferences at the School
- mentoring staff through their accreditation with the NSW Institute of Teachers
- provision of laptop computers for teachers and an extensive professional development library
- a biennial staff appraisal focused on professional learning
- encouragement of staff to participate in external professional bodies including HSC examination committees, NSW Board of Studies, NSW syllabus committees, HSC marking panels and professional teacher associations (including holding executive positions in ACEL, AHISA, Australian Boarding Schools' Association, Association of Independent Schools, NSW Gifted and Talented Teachers' Association and Independent Schools Primary Principals' Association).
The School's Headmaster has written widely on educational issues and many staff have delivered keynote addresses at conferences around the world. The School Council is very supportive of professional development at the School.