NSW Nationals Education Minister Sarah Mitchell says innovations in education made by schools and teachers during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic are being collected to retain any improvements.

One of the best examples was Menindee Central School, which ran an at-home cooking challenge, Menindee Kitchen Rules, keeping students engaged and families supported at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ms Mitchell said she requested the review to capture advances and examples of school innovation to help change education for the better.

“The shift to learning from home was a challenge the entire system met successfully,” Ms Mitchell said.

“Everyone from department staff, teachers, principals, parents and students had to adapt. All sorts of solutions to a range of challenges had to be found. I want to make sure that these innovations are recorded and, if appropriate, expanded.

“Great ideas around teaching practices, technology use and partnerships between families and schools blossomed during this time, and it would be a loss not to collect them.”

Teachers across the state from both government and non-government schools were encouraged to share their innovative practices developed during COVID-19 to help foster improvement in schools.

The collection of case studies will be published during Term 3, with the most effective approaches examined in a wider review that will look at key findings for education during the pandemic.

“This is an opportunity for our outstanding teachers who met the challenges of COVID-19 head-on to have their innovative work showcased to benefit students across NSW,” Ms Mitchell said.