Professional development

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

Professional learning programs are important for school leaders and teachers alike, in order to provide a whole school approach to improving literacy student learning outcomes.

This page contains information, resources and tools to help school leaders and teachers with their planning and professional learning. ​


School leaders have a unique role in improving literacy outcomes for students. This page contains information related to whole school planning, assessment and reporting, in addition to professional learning. 

For more information, see: Lea​ders​

Literacy Professional Learning Resource

This resource is intended to help Victorian teachers to ensure their literacy learning strategies are consistent with current research on effective literacy teaching and learning. 

Leading Literacy​ (Bastow Institute)

Participants gain a deep understanding of current research around the processes of reading, writing, speaking and listening and best practices for literacy instruction. The course provides opportunities for participants to collaborate with colleagues to explore knowledge of leadership and the capabilities required to lead significant change in literacy teaching and learning for improved outcomes for students. The formal course elements are eight workshops and five peer learning group meetings.

For more information, see: Leading Literacy​

Principals as Lit​​​eracy Leaders (PALL)

Principals as Literacy Leaders (PALL) is a program based on research findings that demonstrate that successful schools are schools where the principal is a leader in teaching and learning. The program provides a moral purpose and foundation to the directions and actions in a school, namely the improvement of literacy achievement of its students. The VPA offers this program to Victorian principals, in conjunction with the Department of Education and Training.

For more information, see: Principals as Literacy Leaders (PALL)​

Effective Literacy Te​​aching and Learning for all Students 

Di Snowball's Effective Literacy Teaching and Learning for all Students program includes strategies to identify students’ strengths and needs, and how teachers can use this knowledge to plan their teaching. This program provides further assistance in fully understanding the components of a literacy curriculum, how to continually assess them and how to teach students in the most effective ways. School leadership also plays a major role in this work, supporting leaders with knowledge to properly guide their school curriculum and ensure their teachers are doing the best possible work to achieve success for all students.

To support the professional learning in this course several teachers agreed to be filmed while engaged in their normal classroom practices. The film clips of actual teaching can generate discussion, help to build common understanding and inform teaching practices. The introductory video has thoughts and advice about the teaching of reading, independent reading and reading conferences.

The program also contains support documents relating to "Reading - Teaching, Conferring and Planning for Years P-9" - a professional learning course for teachers designed by Di Snowball.

For more information, see: Effective Literacy Teaching and Learning for all Students