High impact teaching strategies

​The high impact teaching strategies (HITS) are 10 instructional practices that reliably increase student learning when they're applied.

HITS have emerged from the findings of tens of thousands of studies on what has worked in classrooms across Australia and the world. International experts often rank HITS at the top of strategies that contribute to student learning.

Get started with HITS

Our HITS guide includes information on getting started with using the strategies:

The guide includes:

  • accessible, succinct guidance on using high impact, evidence based strategies
  • bite sized insights that enable you to focus on one or more HITS, and to progressively build expertise
  • scalable possibilities, allowing individual teachers, professional learning communities, and whole schools, to set goals and actions centred on the HITS.

Victorian government schools and teachers can order hard copies of the of the HITS guide at our resources for Victorian government schools page.

Overview of the strategies

There are 10 strategies. Our HITS guide expands on each of these and includes the evidence behind them, plus examples of practice in the classroom.

  • Strategy 1: Setting goals
  • Strategy 2: Structuring lessons
  • Strategy 3: Explicit teaching
  • Strategy 4: Worked examples
  • Strategy 5: Collaborative learning
  • Strategy 6: Multiple exposures
  • Strategy 7: Questioning
  • Strategy 8: Feedback
  • Strategy 9: Metacognitive strategies
  • Strategy 10: Differentiated teaching

Using HITS

  • For teachers
    For beginning teachers, the HITS are a bank of reliable instructional practices they can use with confidence. For experienced teachers, our guide can add to their understanding of the HITS they are already using, and suggest new ways to use them in the classroom.
  • For professional learning communities By using the HITS to build their pool of knowledge, professional learning communities can anchor their interventions in evidence-based practices and so increase the likelihood of interventions being effective.
  • For school leaders HITS are a professional learning opportunity. The HITS are linked to each other, and connected to a broader repertoire of teacher skills and knowledge. They can be connected to collaboration between teachers and integrated into classroom and school planning around curriculum, instruction and assessment.

Case studies

Fairfield Primary School

Hear Fairfield Primary School's acting principal talk about how they use HITS as a reference point for school improvement:

Narre Warren South P-12 College

In this video, hear how Narre Warren South P-12 College are using HITS to drive their literacy improvement strategy:

Brighton Primary School

In this video, Brighton Primary School talks about how they are embedding the Practice Principles and high impact teaching strategies into their core business model: