The Practice Principles for
Excellence in Teaching Practice are nine signature
pedagogies which make the difference in improving student learning and
The practice principles
The practice principles articulate how teachers can deliver the curriculum and engage students. They are designed to link directly to a school's documented teaching program, which outlines what is to be taught, and the approach to assessment, which helps teachers determine student needs and how students can demonstrate their levels of understanding.
Each of the Principles is supported by a theory of action that describes how the work of teachers can generate improved student learning over time. It explains the specific changes that can be expected and creates a brief evidence-based synopsis.
The Quick Guide to the VTLM (pdf - 611.17kb) aligns the 5 elements of the VTLM, including the practice principles, with the core elements of the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes 2.0.
Practice principles for excellence in teaching practice
Further information and resources to support your practice and implementation of the Victorian teaching and learning model are available through the VTLM page on FUSE where you will find case studies, online professional learning modules and the HITS Catalogue.
Practice principles poster
This poster presents the practice principles in an easy to print overview table.
A3 Practice principles poster (pdf - 126.08kb)
Diagnostic tools are available to support teachers and school leaders to reflect on the practice principles and engage in collaborative practice development, both for guided whole-school reflection and guided teacher reflection.
To access the tools, download:
Fairfield Primary School
Fairfield Primary School's acting principal, discusses how they are using the Practice Principles as a common language to drive excellence in their teaching practices:
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 practices:
The principles and framework
Teachers working in the early years of primary school can also refer to the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) Practice Principles, bringing coherence to our education system and ensuring continuity of learning across education settings and developmental stages.
To find out more about VEYLDF, see: Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework
Get in touch
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