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Classroom management: Creating and maintaining positive learning environments
Classroom management is vital for creating an environment that minimises disruptions, maximises instruction time, and encourages students to engage in learning. Research indicates that effective classroom management contributes to positive learning outcomes.

Our latest literature review provides educators with:
  • The definition of classroom management and a brief overview of classroom management research
  • Explanation of why effective classroom management is important
  • Descriptions of effective class-wide classroom management strategies, including a range of preventative strategies and responsive strategies.
  • How to best support teachers’ use of effective classroom management strategies.
Read the literature review and access the classroom management poster and infographic on the CESE website
Research from our Classroom management literature review was featured in the Sydney Morning Herald. You can read the article here.
Trauma-informed practice in schools: An explainer
Our new explainer summarises evidence on trauma-informed practice within an educational context. It is a brief introduction to the topic for teachers, principals and other educators.

Trauma-informed practice in schools focuses on how school staff can support the wellbeing and learning of children and young people who have been impacted by trauma.

The explainer helps to unpack what trauma is and the strategies educators can use to recognise trauma, support students and support staff.
The explainer provides information on these six key questions:
  1. What is trauma?
  2. How prevalent is developmental trauma among children in NSW?
  3. How can teachers and school staff recognise behaviours related to trauma?
  4. What is trauma-informed practice?
  5. What strategies can schools and teachers use to support students impacted by trauma?
  6. How can schools care for staff who are supporting students impacted by trauma?
This explainer has been designed to complement the NSW Department of Education trauma-informed practice professional learning. Read the full explainer.
Process evaluation of the Refugee Student Counselling Support Team
We recently released the Refugee Student Counselling Support Team (RSCST) process evaluation report.
The RSCST provides specialised support to NSW public schools that have refugee students enrolled. The team’s core work areas include:
  1. Capacity building through professional learning
  2. Targeted counselling support for refugee students with complex needs
  3. Advice and consultation to schools
  4. Developing local partnerships so that refugee students and their families are connected with other supports
The process evaluation addressed key questions including the team’s implementation, challenges faced, what worked well and what didn’t and the perceived improvements to the wellbeing of refugee students and their families.
Four case studies showcase how the RSCST supports NSW public schools, including:
  • complex case support and classroom teacher capacity building;
  • the benefits of play therapy;
  • supporting a new regional refugee settlement area, and
  • RSCST’s collaborative working relationship with STARTTS and the benefits for schools.
CESE out and about
Some of the CESE Advisory Council met this month to provide national and international expertise and cross-sectoral perspective to our upcoming projects.

Learn more about all our Advisory Council members and how their independent advice ensures integrity and relevance of CESE’s work.
We’d love to hear back from you about our work, or the way that we share our information. To help us learn more about what you'd like to see from CESE in the future, please get in touch with us.

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