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The nine new principles for excellence in teaching and learning provides a starting point for a close analysis of your professional practice.
The new Practice Principles for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is the recommended approach for schools and has replaced Principles of Learning and Teaching (PoLT).
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 and learning program, which outlines what is to be taught, and the approach to assessment, which helps teachers determine student learning needs and how students can demonstrate their levels of understanding. Each Principle 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.
Practice Principles for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Victorian government schools and teachers can
order hard copies of the of the Practice Principles guide at our resources for Victorian government schools page.
Practice principles poster
This poster presents the Practice principles in an easy to print overview table.
A3 Practice principles poster (pdf - 126.08kb)
The principles and FISO
The principles focus on three Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO) state-wide priorities.
- 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
The Diagnostic tools are designed to support teachers and school leaders to reflect on the Practice Principles and engage in collaborative practice development.
The following tools are currently available for use in schools:
- Guided whole-school reflection activity
- Guided teacher self-reflection activities.
To access the tools, download:
Additional diagnostic tools are currently being developed for the Practice Principles for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and will be published on this page in 2018.
Professional Practice Note 8 resources
Professional Practice Note 13 resources
FISO and case studies
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 VEYLDF
Teachers working in the early years of primary school will 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
Practice principles for excellence in teaching and learning is currently released in draft form. For further information and feedback, contact: