HSC Data Analysis Available (Ref: 2/24)

Analysis of the 2023 HSC performance has been finalised and is available to authorised users via the NETid. We further note that:

  1. Given the 2023 HSC cohort did not sit Year 9 NAPLAN in 2020 for the majority of students, only Year 7 prior achievement was available. This has resulted in the multilevel models being in the order of 5-7% weaker than in prior years.  The main impact that users may notice is that the confidence limits for 2023 HSC analysis results will be a little larger than they would otherwise be.
  2. Minor updates were made to Graph 2 (Overall School Result) and the Diocesan Competitiveness Graph on 16 January. Any reports run on or before that date should be re-run.

Entries Now Open for The NSW Training Awards​​​​​​​ (Ref: 3/24)

The NSW Training Awards applications for 2024 are now open.

The NSW Training Awards are conducted annually by Training Services NSW within the NSW Department of Education to recognise outstanding achievement in the vocational education and training sector. The Awards honour and reward the achievements of students, trainers/teachers, registered training organisations and employers.

One of the program’s main aims is to discover Vocational Education and Training Ambassadors. During the regional phase applicants that are outstanding in their industry are shortlisted and interviewed. The state phase will evaluate the regional winners and look for character values and virtues that will contribute to the qualities required to become an individual Ambassador.

The Awards categories:

Individual Award

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year
  • Apprentice of the Year
  • School-based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year
  • Trainee of the Year
  • VET Trainer/Teacher of the Year
  • Vocational Student of the Year
  • VET in Schools Student of the Year

Check your eligibility for Individual Awards.

Organisation Awards

  • Large Training Provider of the Year
  • Small Training Provider of the Year
  • Industry Collaboration Award
  • Large Employer of the Year
  • Small Employer of the Year

Check your eligibility for Organisation Awards.

You can still make edits to your submitted application right up until the closing date.

Closing dates for submissions:

Individual Awards: Sunday, 17 March 2024 at 11:59 PM
Organisation Awards: Sunday, 31 March 2024 at 11:59 PM

Click here to find out more and submit your entry.

Professional Learning

HSC Data Analysis Seminars (Ref: 272/23)

Teachers, school leaders, and system officers are invited to attend a series of seminars presented by Dr John DeCourcy, discussing the intricacies and importance of understanding and analysing the 2023 HSC Data.

The Seminar Programme spans the following 4 seminars, some with multiple times, and each with a particular audience in mind. Those thinking of registering are reminded to ensure they have a functioning NetID login and that they can access both the HSC Data Analysis Users portal and an online Tutorial within that portal designed to support intending participants.

More information about the tutorial, prerequisites, and the entire programme can be found here: Seminars-2024-outline

Please see below for the date and time of each seminar with registration links.

Diocesan Officers’ Overview

Who: Diocesan & Congregational system officers.
When: Wednesday 31 January 2024 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Where: The Assembly, Mezzanine level, 123 Pitt St, Sydney.

Programme description: this seminar will take participants through using the system-level reports in conjunction with school reports to support schools. There will be opportunities for cross-system sharing and a discussion of key features of the 2023 HSC. A NESA representative will also be present to talk briefly about the 2023 results.

Register here: Overview | Catholic Schools NSW (

HSC Analysis #1: Introduction to the Analysis

Who: Teachers, KLA coordinators, school leaders and interested persons who have not previously attended an HSC seminar.
1.  Tuesday 13 February 2024 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.
2. Friday 23 February 2024 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Where: Macquarie University City Campus, Level 24, 123 Pitt Street, Sydney.

Programme description:  This seminar proposes to discuss why and how data should be used within schools to shape the direction of pedagogy. It will also cover an introduction to the idea of Comparative Learning Gain and how this can be used to understand HSC data.

Register here:
1. Introduction | Catholic Schools NSW ( – first session
2. Introduction | Catholic Schools NSW ( – second session

HSC Analysis #2: A detailed reading of your Analysis

Who: Experienced users, including teachers, coordinators, APs or Principals who have previously attended at least one HSC Analysis Seminar.
1. Thursday 15 February 2024 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.
2. Tuesday 27 February 2024 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Where: Macquarie University City Campus, Level 24, 123 Pitt Street, Sydney.

Programme description: Participants will have the opportunity to spend the majority of the seminar in a detailed, guided reading of their own school’s Analysis. This will include a consideration of ways to resolve any problems highlighted by the Analysis.

Register here:
1. Reading| Catholic Schools NSW ( – first session
2.Reading| Catholic Schools NSW ( – second session

HSC Analysis #3: Leading your school in the Analysis

Who: Principals, Aps, Leaders of Curriculum or Pedagogy and anyone with a whole school focus.
When: Monday 19 February 2024 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Where: Macquarie University City Campus, Level 24, 123 Pitt Street, Sydney.

Programme description: This seminar will explore the intersection of leadership, data, teacher professional learning and student achievement. Participants will come away having considered a range of leadership responses to their school’s Analysis. Multiple members of a school’s senior leadership team are encouraged to attend.

Register here: Leading| Catholic Schools NSW (


Results Analysis Training 2024 (Ref: 334/23)

Teachers are encouraged to take advantage of online training on 13 February 2024 which aims at developing an understanding of Results Analysis and how to use the Results Analysis Package (RAP) data sets to create teaching and learning goals.

This training will be provided by NESA staff and there are sessions suitable for both beginners and those at an intermediate stage.

Session: An Introduction to the Results Analysis Package (Beginners)
Date: Tuesday 13 February 2024
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Register via this link.

Session: An Introduction to the Results Analysis Package (Intermediate)
Date: Tuesday 13 February 2024
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Register via this link.


School Updates & Newsletter

Latest Information Now Live on My School Website (Ref: 343/23)

Parents, carers and wider school communities can now access the latest individual school information on the My School website, which has been updated for 2023 with the latest school-level NAPLAN data and new profile information on schools.

The December 2023 My School update includes:

• 2023 NAPLAN results for schools
• 2023 school profile and population data
• 2023 school attendance data for Semester 1
• 2022 school financial information, including capital expenditure and funding sources
• 2022 vocational education training participation and outcomes
• 2022 year 12 certifications

Student progress data for 2021–2023 is not available due to the resetting of the NAPLAN measurement scale and earlier assessment of students, as data from this year onwards cannot be compared to pre-2023 data. However, school leaders, teachers, parents and carers can still view NAPLAN performance data relative to socio-educational advantage by school on the NAPLAN results page.

My School’s Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) indicates the average educational advantage of each school’s students. It is calculated using information about parents/carers’ occupations and education, school geographical location and the proportion of Indigenous students. A school’s ICSEA value is provided to encourage taking socio-educational advantage into account when comparing school achievement.

Scholarships and Awards

Japanese Government’s 2024 MEXT Teacher Scholarship (5/24)

MEXT offers scholarships to teachers outside of Japan who wish to conduct research on school education at designated Japanese universities as “Teacher Training Students” under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program.

Benefits of the scholarship include all tuition fees, return airfares to Japan and a monthly allowance of 143,000 Yen (amount subject to change).

The time period covered by the scholarship is necessary for the completion of the accepting university’s training course, which should be between October 2024 (or the starting month of the course) and March 2026.


  • Applicants must have been born on or after April 2, 1989, and must hold Australian citizenship.
  • Applicants must be graduates of universities or teacher training schools and have worked as teachers at primary/secondary educational institutions or teacher training schools (excluding universities) in their home countries for a total period of five years or more as of October 1, 2024. In-service faculty members in a higher education institution are not eligible.
  • Applicants must ensure that they return to their home country by the end of the final month of the scholarship period and resume their work as a teacher at his/her primary/secondary educational institution or teacher training school. Applicants shall utilize the results of their research on school education in Japan. If a grantee does not satisfy both conditions, he/she may be ordered to return the entire amount of the scholarship paid during the scholarship period. Those who are uncertain about returning and resuming their work after the end of the scholarship period should not apply for this program.
  • Applicants must be willing to learn Japanese. Applicants must be interested in Japan and willing to deepen their understanding of it after arriving in Japan. Applicants must also be able to research and adapt to living in Japan.Examination and Interview

All applicants must sit the Japanese and English language exams on Thursday, 22 February 2024 (TBC).
Those who successfully pass the examinations will be required to undertake an in-person interview on Tuesday, 5 March 2024 (TBC).
Travel expenses to and from exam and interview venues are borne by the applicant.

Application deadline
Hard-copy application documents must arrive at the Embassy of Japan in Canberra by 5 pm (AEDT) on Monday 12 February 2024. Please take note of Australia Post delivery times when posting. We recommend you send your application by Express Post.

More information can be found here.

Click on the links below to download the necessary documents:


National Awards for Intercultural Excellence (1/24)

The National Awards for Intercultural Excellence is a new initiative from Together For Humanity to recognise high school student champions, as well as teachers, teams, or schools who demonstrate leadership, passion and influence in intercultural or interfaith concepts or issues.

In 2024, the National Awards will recognise students, teachers, teams or schools from across Australia championing inclusion, and intercultural or interfaith initiatives within their school communities.

To nominate for the Awards, please complete student/student team or teacher/school team nomination form and principal endorsement form and submit a short video to Kate at Nominations close March 2024.

Please use the following resources to nominate your champion: