Professional Learning Communities are schools that start from a simple idea: students learn more when their teachers work together.

The Department is seeking applications from Victorian government primary, secondary and specialist schools to participate in the Victorian Professional Learning Communities (PLC) initiative in 2018.

Get involved: Victorian PLC initiative 2018
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Participating schools commit to building a collaborative culture of continuous improvement in teaching and learning to improve outcomes for every student.

They benefit from a highly-regarded program of professional learning and ongoing support from regionally based teams, including a dedicated PLC regional manager who can advise, coach and train school leaders and teachers.

The Victorian Government is investing $32.3 million to extend the initiative to over 800 government schools over the next four years.

What is a Professional Learning Community?

Building a professional learning community (PLC) is a proven way for schools to increase student learning.

PLC schools put student learning first. Data and evidence drive everything they do.

At their heart are teacher teams, working through rigorous cycles of inquiry to identify student learning needs, and plan the professional learning and classroom practices needed to meet them.​

For more information, see: Professional Learning Communities

Bruce Armstrong, Deputy Secretary, Regional Services Group, discusses why teacher collaboration is the cornerstone of school improvement. 


Victorian PLCs and FISO

Working collaboratively to continuously improve teaching and learning is at the heart of the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO). The Framework is used by all Victorian government schools to focus their efforts on key areas known to have the greatest impact on school improvement.

Together with FISO Victorian PLC schools are helping build the Education State.

To learn more about FISO, see: Framework for Improving Student Outcomes