Jim Sturgiss separates from the NSW Department of Education

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                M.Ed. (Hons) University of New England (Thesis: Literacy & learning in Science) 

1979                            Dip. Ed. University of Wollongong

1976 – 1978                B.Sc. University of Wollongong (Majors in Chemistry and Bioenergetics)

Selected Department of Education and Communities (DEC) appointments

2015 – Jan 2016         PEO Analytics, Systems and Development Coordinator

2013 – 2014                SEO2 Assessment and Development Advisor

2012 – 2013                A/PEO Acting School Assessment Design and Development Coordinator

2011 – 2013                SEO2 Senior Assessment Officer, Essential Secondary Science Assessment (ESSA)

2007 – 2010                Head Teacher Science, Newtown High School of Performing Arts

2004 – 2005                SEO2 Senior Assessment Officer, Computer Skills Assessment (CSA6)

2004                            SEO1 Test Development Officer, Secondary Numeracy Assessment Program (SNAP)

2000 – 2004                Head Teacher Science, Concord High School 

1998 – 2000                SEO2 Senior Assessment Officer, English Language and Literacy Assessment (ELLA)

1980 – 1997                Science Teacher: Fairfield Boys, Fairfield High, Marrickville High, Macarthur Girls High, Homebush Boys 

Board of Studies Appointments

2000 – 2004                Pilot marker and Judge – Chemistry

1997 – 1998                Senior marker – Chemistry

1986 – 1996                Marker and Pilot marker – Chemistry

Science Teachers’ Association of NSW (STANSW)

2009 – 2015                Director

1980 – Present           Member 

Professional Teachers’ Council of NSW (PTC)

2014- present             Director

2013 –present             Member: Professional Learning Committee (Chair in 2015)

Selection of BOSTES approved courses created

MyPL@Edu Online - Science: Differentiating written student responses (Proficiency) 

Lismore Diocese – Aligning Learning, Assessment and reporting (Proficiency)

STANSW Online on demand - Towards a Critical Literacy in Science education (Proficiency) 

STANSW Online on demand - Designing and creating effective teaching strategies (Proficiency) 

STANSW Online on demand - Writing contextualised objective assessments (Proficiency)

STANSW Online on demand - Senior Secondary Science HSC Marking Experience (Proficiency)

STANSW External data and the received curriculum (Lead)

STANSW – UNSW Collaboration Communication Science (Highly Accomplished)

Selected Publications

2013, ESL team teaching in Science: Science Education News Vol 64

2011, Literacy and the science world view: Science Education News Vol 60

2010, What do children’s stories and HSC Physics have in common? Science Education News Vol 59

2004, Designing effective multiple-choice questions - the experience of NSW statewide testing 

2003, Designing numeracy extended response items: MANSW Conference paper

1997, Teaching Literacy in Year 7 Science: (with others) NSW DSE Curriculum Directorate

1996, Evaluation of a literacy and learning program in the science classroom: UNE, Thesis

1995, Literacy in Science Education: Australian Science Teachers’ Journal Volume 41 Number 3

1994, Literacy in the Science Classroom: ASERA Conference paper

Selected presentations I have designed and facilitated:

2015, STANSW Meet the marker (Convenor)

2015, Differentiation of student performance in Physics using graphs: STANSW

2013, Literacy demands of science: NSW ESL Conference

2013, Team teaching in science: AIS ESL teachers’ workshop

2013, Designing effective online assessments on moodle: CONASTA

2013, Assessment as, of, and for learning: DEC Secondary Science Adobe Connect Series

2013, Unpacking the new K-6 Science syllabus: STANSW 


2015  UNSW School of medicine – Standards Based Assessment 

2014, Australian College of Physical Education - a New Science Education Degree




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