Practice Principles of Teaching

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

  • what school communities and teachers value
  • the beliefs about learning which underpin practice
  • how current practice helps to achieve what is valued
  • how new practices will help to achieve what we value.

The Vision for Learning

All students are empowered to learn and achieve, experiencing high quality teacher practice and the best conditions for learning which equip them with the knowledge, skills and dispositions for lifelong learning and shaping the world around them.

Our Vision for Learning creates the narrative for change, and draws our focus to the core values and beliefs at the centre of teaching and learning. For leaders and teachers in Victorian schools it provides a starting point for a close analysis professional practice.

The Practice Principles for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Principle 1

High expectations for every student promote intellectual engagement and self-awareness.

Action 1.1

Teachers convey high expectations of learning, effort and engagement for all students

Action 1.2

Teachers co-design aspirational goals with students

Action 1.3

Teachers ensure all students’ cultural backgrounds, needs and abilities are recognised and addressed in the learning program

Action 1.4

Teachers build student capacity to monitor and evaluate their own progress and achievement

Link to FISO

Principle 1: high expectations links to, FISO: Priority: Positive climate for learning

Find out more

To find out more about this principle, see: Principle 1: High expectations

Principle 2

A supportive and productive learning environment promotes inclusion and collaboration.

Action 2.1

Teachers build quality relationships that enhance student engagement, self-confidence and growth as a learner

Action 2.2

Teachers ensure all students’ cultural backgrounds, needs and abilities are recognised and addressed in the learning program

Action 2.3

Teachers develop student capacity to collaborate

Action 2.4

Teachers maintain an energised and focused learning environment

Link to FISO

Principle 2: high expectations links to, FISO: Priority: Positive climate for learning

Find out more

To find out more about this principle, see: Principle 2: Learning environment

Principle 3

Student voice, agency and leadership empower students and build school pride.

Action 3.1

Teachers empower students to have a democratic voice in the running of the communities in which they learn

Action 3.2

Teachers provide opportunities for students to exercise authentic agency in their own learning

Action 3.3

Teachers provide leadership opportunities

Action 3.4

Teachers build school pride and connectedness

Link to FISO

Principle 3: high expectations links to, FISO: Priority: Positive climate for learning

Find out more

To find out more about this principle, see: Principle 3: Student voice

Principle 4

Curriculum planning and implementation engages and challenges all students.

Action 4.1

Teachers place student needs at the centre of program planning and delivery

Action 4.2

Teachers collaboratively design and implement a scope and sequence of learning

Action 4.3

Teachers regularly review and update learning programs in line with school curriculum plans

Link to FISO

Principle 4 links to, FISO: Priority: Excellence in teaching and learning

Find out more

To find out more about this principle, see: Principle 4: Curriculum planning

Principle 5

Deep learning challenges students to construct and apply new knowledge.

Action 5.1

Teachers design learning programs to explicitly build deep levels of thinking and application

Action 5.2

Teachers support students to explore the construction of knowledge

Action 5.3

Teachers support students to be reflective, questioning and self-monitoring learners

Link to FISO

Principle 5 links to, FISO: Priority: Excellence in teaching and learning

Find out more

To find out more about this principle, see: Principle 5: Deep learning

Principle 6

Rigorous assessment practices and feedback inform teaching and learning.

Action 6.1

Teachers design authentic, fit for purpose assessments to reflect the learning program and objectives

Action 6.2

Teachers use assessment data to diagnose student learning needs and plan for learning

Action 6.3

Teachers provide regular feedback to students on their progress against individual learning goals and curriculum standards

Action 6.4

Teachers analyse student achievement data to improve their practice

Link to FISO

Principle 6 links to, FISO: Priority: Excellence in teaching and learning

Find out more

To find out more about this principle, see: Principle 6: Rigorous assessment

Principle 7

Evidence-based strategies drive professional practice improvement.

Action 7.1

Teachers evaluate the impact of teaching on learning by analysing multiple sources of data

Action 7.2

Teachers identify and target areas for professional learning

Action 7.3

Teachers draw on current research and use an inquiry improvement cycle

Action 7.4

Teachers challenge and support each other to improve practice

Link to FISO

Principle 7 links to, FISO: Priority: Excellence in teaching and learning

Find out more

To find out more about this principle, see: Principle 7: Evidence-based strategies

Principle 8

Global citizenship is fostered through real world contexts for learning.

Action 8.1

Teachers support students to explore their role as global citizens

Action 8.2

Teachers model and facilitate use of digital tools and resources to access, use and share learning

Action 8.3

Teachers and students co-design learning that connects to real world contexts

Action 8.4

Teachers and students collaborate in learning partnerships in and beyond the school

Link to FISO

Principle 8 links to, FISO: Priority: Community engagement in learning

Find out more

To find out more about this principle, see: Principle 8: Global citizenship

Principle 9

Partnerships with parents and carers enhance student learning

Action 9.1

Teachers establish open and sustained communications with parents/carers

Action 9.2

Teachers seek and use parents/carers knowledge and feedback

Action 9.3

Teachers facilitate parental/carer involvement in education within the classroom, school and beyond

Link to FISO

Principle 9 links to, FISO: Priority: Community engagement in learning

Find out more

To find out more about this principle, see: Principle 9: Parents and carers

The Principles and FISO

The principles focus on three Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO) priority areas.

  • positive climate for learning
  • excellence in teaching and learning
  • community engagement in learning.

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

Get in touch

We invite feedback on the draft Practice Principles via email to: professional.practice@edumail.vic.gov.au