Professional Growth

Horizon Scan

Horizon Scan of Global Trends

The Global Trends in Professional Learning and Performance and Development report provides an overview of innovative practices worldwide. The report assessed innovative programs and practices on the extent to which they:

  • Tap into passions and ownership of participants
  • Engage with external partners who offer fresh perspectives
  • Use technology to support collaboration
  • Draw on new or existing data (in new ways)
  • Enable participants to rethink the use of resources

Based on an extensive ‘horizon scan’ of more than 50 cross-sectoral organisations (including education, arts, technology, business, health etc.), the report identifies five global trends in innovative approaches to professional learning and performance and development: Integrated, Immersive, Design-led, Market-led and Open.

For each of these trends the report identifies a spectrum of practices from ‘Almost/already here’ to ‘Next wave’ and ‘On the Horizon’ providing concrete examples for implementation in the education sector.

Global trends report

Global trends in professional learning and performance and development report 1.2MB PDF

Interactive guide to examples

To find out more about the 50 examples of innovative approaches to professional learning and performance and development profiled in the Horizon Scan, browse the interactive guide.

Launch the Innovative 50 resource

Each example in the Innovative PL and P&D: An interactive guide contains:

  • A brief description
  • The key features from the Global trends report
  • A ‘score’ for quality, innovation and evidence of impact
  • Link to further information and videos

Innovative PL and P&D guide print version 952KB PDF

Case studies

6 Case studies of innovationFor an in-depth look at six of the innovative approaches profiled in the Horizon Scan, take a look at the case studies.


6 case studies of innovation in professional learning and performance and development (detailed) 946KB PDF

Learning with and from studentsFor a quick overview of the case studies download the graphic version available.


6 case studies of innovation in professional learning and performance and development (graphic) 7.6MB PDF

Global Trends in professional learning and performance and development video transcript 17KB RTF

International Partners

AITSL commissioned the UK-based Innovation Unit (IU) to produce the report. The IU is a not-for-profit social enterprise with a strong track record of supporting leaders and organisations delivering public services to see and do things differently.

The IU works with charitable foundations such as the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundations, local, state and national government departments around the world and cultural institution such as the Smithsonian Institution (USA).