Principles of Learning and Teaching (PoLT)

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

The Department has approved new draft Practice Principles for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. See: Practice Principles of Teaching 

Practice Principles for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

The eight new Practice Principles for Excellence in Teaching and Learning will help teachers and school leaders to:

  • deepen the professional conversations taking place in schools
  • support the development of a shared language for teaching and learning
  • develop a shared understanding of what excellence in teaching and learning looks like.

For more information on the new Practice Principles, see: Practice Principles of Teaching

Principles of Learning and Teaching (PoLT)

The Principles of Learning and Teaching articulate six principles that can be used by schools, teams of teachers and individuals to reflect on practice and support professional dialogue to strengthen pedagogical practices.

The Principles Unpacked provide detailed explanations and teaching examples for each of the principles.

​The six PoLT principles 

The Principles of Learning and Teaching P-12 (PoLT) Online Professional Learning Resource has been designed to support deeper understanding of the Principles. The Resource focuses primarily on extending teacher knowledge and supporting the development of skills to be implemented in classrooms.

The Resource covers all the Principles and their components, except for Principle 5, which is addressed in the Assessment Professional Learning Modules.

The principles state that students learn best when:

  • the learning environment is supportive and productive
  • the learning environment promotes independence, interdependence and self-motivation
  • students’ needs, backgrounds, perspectives and interests are reflected in the learning program
  • students are challenged and supported to develop deep levels of thinking and application
  • assessment practices are an integral part of teaching and learning
  • learning connects strongly with communities and practice beyond the classroom.

The principles will help you to:

  • build consistent, compreh​ensive and improved pedagogical approaches within and across schools, while still allowing flexibility, innovation and local decision making at the school level
  • focus teaching to meet the diverse needs of students
  • strengthen learning communities within and beyond the school.​

For detailed explanations and teaching examples for each of the six principles, see: Principles of Learning and Teaching P-12 Unpacked

PoLT Online Professional Learning Resource

PoLT Online Professional Learning Resource - contains additional support for each principle.

Contact

studentlearning@edumail.vic.gov.au