Professional practice days

​​​​​Teachers can take up to four professional practice days per year to improve their individual practice. Find out what you are entitled to, what the priorities of these days should focus on and how to implement them. Includes links to tools and resources.


Four professional practice days per year for each teacher:

  • one full day per term
  • pro rata for a teacher employed part time.

These days are provided to release teachers from their scheduled duties to focus on the improved delivery of high quality teaching and learning. These days are in addition to the existing pupil-free days.


The work undertaken on these days will be consistent with Department and school priorities and selected from the following areas:

  • planning
  • preparation
  • assessment of student learning
  • collaboration
  • curriculum development
  • relevant professional development
  • peer observation including feedback and reflection.

In consultation and agreement with your principal, you will nominate the timing and focus of each day.

The professional practice days are part of the four year Victorian Government Schools Agreement (VGSA) 2017.

Implement your professional practice days

Materials and guidance are available to support you in planning and implementing your professional practice days.

Find out more