Making Sense of Your PDHPE & Community and Family Studies HSC Results

Dec 14, 2023

As the big day finally arrives and students across NSW receive their HSC results, it's an understandably nerve-wracking time for teachers too. As the culmination of two years of work, these results are a reflection not only of our PDHPE & Community and Family Studies students' efforts, but of our own teaching practice as well.

That's why I'm sharing my top strategies for analysing your PDHPE & Community and Family Studies HSC results in this blog post. Over my 16 years in the classroom and now supporting teachers through my Mentoring and The CAFS Collective & HMS Memberships, I've developed a systematic approach to unpacking results that I've seen make a real difference.

The first step is breaking down results by band ranges. Taking the time to record the number of PDHPE & Community and Family Studies students who achieved bands 6, 5, 4 and so on gives valuable insights. It allows you to easily identify trends over time - did your band 6 numbers increase or decrease compared to previous years? This raw data is so important for asking questions and planning improvements.

You should also compare your results to state averages for PDHPE & Community and Family Studies. This gives you a benchmark for how your students performed relative to their peers across NSW. Were you above or below average in key areas? If below, what can you do differently to boost results next time? If you exceeded averages, celebrate your successes and look to replicate your strategies.

Analysing the difference between your PDHPE & Community and Family Studies Assessment Mark and HSC Mark is another important comparison. Did some students surprise you with their performance under exam conditions? This disparity can point to areas for development, like better preparing students for high-stakes tests.

The final strategy I recommend is using our WIN Feedback model to plan for next year. WIN stands for What went well, Improvements needed and Necessary actions to improve. Go through your results with these lenses - highlight strengths to continue nurturing, pinpoint weaknesses to address, and outline the specific steps you'll take to drive PDHPE & Community and Family Studies results even higher in 2024.

To make this analysis process as simple as possible, I've created a Google Sheet template that breaks down each question in PDHPE & Community and Family Studies. It's available for free right here at Next year we will be hosting professional learning sessions for our CAFS Collective and Health and Movement Science Members diving deep into real data - an experience I highly recommend for those of you who aren’t members yet.

Take a systematic approach to your PDHPE & Community and Family Studies HSC results. Break down the numbers, analyse trends and plan purposeful next steps. It may seem daunting initially, but this type of analysis will truly help maximise student growth and outcomes going forward.

I wish you all the very best unpacking your  PDHPE & Community and Family Studies results. Please share how your students went - I'd love to celebrate your wins!

Don't forget to click here to access my free HSC Results Tracker