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About Rebecca

Rebecca Birch is a teacher of English and the Director of Research and Practice at a top 20 independent school in Sydney, Australia. She worked as a learning support officer in diverse settings while she undertook her teacher training after a successful career in advertising and fashion.

Rebecca has provided consultation and content services for Ochre Education and Catholic Education Canberra Goulburn, and has appeared on panels for ResearchED and the Gonski Institute for Education. Her current research interest is the link between explicit instruction and student wellbeing. She writes for publication and through her newsletter.

Media and events

  1. CommentDo you have a larger vocabulary than a school student? Take the quizChristopher HarrisSydney Morning Herald Wednesday, 24 January 2024
  2. OpinionBanish the abstract, build accountability: how school leaders can better define their purposeEducationHQ (subscribers only) Wednesday, 14 June 2023
  3. CommentTeachers weren’t taught grammar in school. Now they’re rushing to brush upChristopher HarrisSydney Morning Herald Sunday, 21 May 2023
  4. Article‘Critical friends’: school-university partnerships supercharge instructionEducationHQ (subscribers only) Thursday, 23 March 2023
  5. Article3 evidence-backed ways to foster long-term learning in your studentsEducationHQ (subscribers only) Tuesday, 24 January 2023
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  1. OpinionInstructional saladLet’s turf out failed practices and get clear on the science of learningEducationHQ (subscribers only) Thursday, 24 November 2022
  2. ArticleMiddle leaders as change managers: a framework for spearheading improvementEducationHQ (subscribers only) Wednesday, 2 November 2022
  3. CommentClass of 2022 relieved after ‘fair’ HSC English examDaniella WhiteSydney Morning Herald Wednesday, 12 October 2022
  4. CommentHSC students turn away from harder English subjects in record numbersLucy Carroll and Daniella WhiteSydney Morning Herald Tuesday, 11 October 2022
  5. ArticleHow one school-industry partnership changed thousands of teachers’ practiceEducationHQ (subscribers only) Thursday, 8 September 2022
  6. OpinionIt’s the Knowledge Economy, Stupid!What parents need to know about inquiry learningChalkboard Review Monday, 22 August 2022
  7. OpinionThe true power position5 tips for moving up the middle leadership ladderEducationHQ (subscribers only) Friday, 3 June 2022
  8. EventA crash course in pedagogy for surviving and thriving in the English classroomThink Forward Educators Tuesday, 17 May 2022
  9. OpinionWorthless PD, sub-optimal ITE training have built a distrust of non-teaching providersEducationHQ Friday, 29 April 2022
  10. CommentEnglish teachers told to focus on grammar, punctuation as writing declinesJordan BakerSydney Morning Herald Friday, 18 March 2022
  11. OpinionWhy I’m giving up on Harvard’s Thinking RoutinesEducationHQ Monday, 21 February 2022
  12. OpinionAd hoc ITE training and our ‘lit crit lite’ curriculum are harming writing instructionEducationHQ Tuesday, 9 November 2021