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From New Directions to Action: World class teaching and school leadership

A teachers with her students.

Lifting the performance of Victorian students

through quality teaching and school leadership.

From New Directions to Action: World class teaching and school leadership outlines the Victorian Government’s vision for excellence in school leadership and for a high performing teaching workforce to help raise student achievement in Victoria to match the very best worldwide.

While Victoria performs consistently well nationally, international assessment programs show that Victoria is lagging behind the best-performing jurisdictions internationally when it comes to student outcomes.

Improving the quality of teaching in our schools is essential to lift the performance of our students to world class levels. Evidence shows that the quality of teaching is critical – it has the largest impact on student learning outcomes, other than a student’s socioeconomic background.

From New Directions to Action: World class teaching and school leadership sets out 26 initiatives that will be pursued in three priority areas:

  1. Attract great people into teaching: attract stronger candidates and improve their preparation
  2. Create a high-performance profession: stimulate a culture of excellence and effective professional development
  3. Provide strong direction and support: elevate the role of leadership at school and system levels.
From New Directions to Action: World class teaching and school leadership, together with Towards Victoria as a Learning Community, forms the foundation of the Victorian Government’s reform agenda in school education.
 

The 26 initiatives outlined in this policy statement are designed to enable and support the school and system reforms set out in Towards Victoria as a Learning Community.

For more information see: Towards Victoria as a Learning Community

Funding and implementation

The Victorian Government has committed an additional $15.7 million over two years in the 2013-14 Budget to help deliver the initiatives in From New Directions to Action: World class teaching and school leadership.

In addition, as the funding flows from the historic funding agreement between the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments, principals and school leaders will be able to implement initiatives to ensure we have highly effective leaders and teachers in our schools.

Implementation of many of the initiatives will commence in the remaining months of 2013. Further implementation details will be made progressively available in the Victoria as a Learning Community Action Plan.

For more information see: Victoria as a Learning Community Action Plan

Consultation process

From New Directions to Action: World class teaching and school leadership builds on the ideas and proposals contained in the New directions for school leadership and the teaching profession discussion paper released in June 2012, and feedback from the stakeholder consultations and public submissions process that followed its release.

For more information see: Consultation Process

Frequently asked questions

For more information, see: Frequently asked questions