June 15, 2019

Jim (James) receives a PTC NSW Exceptional Service Award from The Hon. Rob Stokes (Minister for Education)


James joined the Board of the Professional Teachers’ Council NSW (PTCNSW) in 2013 as a representative of the Science Teachers Association of NSW (STANSW)...

April 1, 2019

Accuracy, precision and error

Accuracy is how close a measurement is to the correct value for that measurement. The precision of a measurement system is refers to how close the agreement is between repeated measurements (which are repeated under the same conditions). Me...

September 2, 2018

Although online education has its limitations, there are several advantages of online learning that explain why eLearning may be the greatest revolution in today’s education. Here are 6 of them.

1. You can learn whatever you want!

Online learning provides teachers a dive...

March 16, 2017

How can teachers remove the stress from reporting, reduce the complexity and burden of assessment and improve feedback to students?

The quaint and old-fashioned model of education where the job of teachers is to teach and job of students is to learn is not completely de...

January 31, 2017

Over the past few years, analysis of external national, state and international assessments have indicated high school student writing performance has been undergoing a discernable decline.

Peter Freebody asserts that there is a common sense myth that literacy is a fixe...

March 22, 2016

NAPLAN results have demonstrated a consistent decline in student writing performance in secondary school ACARA Reports: Moderate statistically significant decreases in Years 7 and 9 persuasive writing relative to 2011: there has been a moderate decrease in persuasive w...

December 22, 2015




A literacy analysis of 2010 HSC Science papers: Physics, Chemistry and Biology, reveals remarkably different literacy demands on students.


The NSW Board of Studies releases each year past HSC papers, sometimes with sample answers, always with a mapping grid. The map...

December 17, 2015


Jim Sturgiss with Eric Jamieson, Director, High Performance, receives the NSW Department of Education "Service to Students" medal on his last day with the Department after 36 years continuous service.





Curriculum vitae

Teaching Qualifications

1993 – 1997...

November 24, 2015

Here I am with Paul Martin receiving a gong: The Professional Teacher’s Council Outstanding Professional Service Award


Jim is recognised for his significant and continuous contribution in supporting Science teachers and science education in NSW through the Science Teac...