Teacher tip: Supporting effective professional learning

​Effective professional learning is collaborative, inquiry focused, embedded in teaching practice, guided by student learning need and aligned with priority areas for school improvement and teachers' individual learning needs.

Identifying opportunities for learn​ing​​

Professional learning choices should be shaped by the learning needs of students. In this way, effective professional learning builds on your competencies and responds to your individual learning needs in the context of your school. The diagnostic tools available through the Pra​ctice Principles for Excellence in Teaching and Learning can help with identifying these needs.

You can utilise Performance and Development Plans (PDPs) (guided by the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO) Improvement Cycle) to understand and identify learning needs, trial and innovate, and work towards practice excellence.

​In determining what is considered relevant professional development, you are encouraged to consider the following questions:

  • How will my students benefit from me undertaking this professional learning?
  • Is the area of focus a school priority?
  • Is the area of focus a departmental priority?
  • How will my practice benefit as a result of participating in this professional learning?
  • What opportunities are there to undertake this professional learning in a collaborative manner (such as in my professional learning community or as a whole-school)?


Explore a case study for this practice note
Altona P-9 College shows us how to shift attitudes toward professional learning

​Additional ​resources for teachers​​​

​Relevant tools and resources include:

Feedback welcome

For more information, or to share your feedback, email: professional.practice@edumail.vic.gov.au.