The materials in this book have been prepared to help schools provide training and support for teachers implementing the Year 2 Diagnostic Net. They are designed to encourage the development of shared terminology, shared understandings, confidence and consistency. While the training component is a major emphasis, the materials also acknowledge the professionalism and expertise of teachers and offer many opportunities and suggestions for professional development which move beyond the technical aspects of the Year 2 Diagnostic Net to critical reflection on teaching practices.
The materials are presented in the form of ten training sessions, each focusing on a particular concept or feature of the Year 2 Diagnostic Net. The facilitator of these sessions will most likely be the Year 2 Diagnostic Net key teacher or itinerant key teacher. However, in line with school decision-making processes, other options are possible, including facilitation by an education adviser, principal or professional development teacher, depending on the location of the school and availability of staff.
The intended participants are teachers of Years 1-3 students. The exception is
Session 10 which provides information for parents. Some parts of the sessions (for example, those that focus on assessment practices and professional development) are suitable for all primary teachers.
The materials have been designed for flexible and easy use in a range of training contexts. During their development, every effort has been made to acknowledge the ongoing nature of professional learning. So, while the training component of each session focuses on specific topics, participants are also invited to participate in professional development at a more general level.