Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

High expectations

About this Illustration of Practice

The teachers work collaboratively to research and plan child specific goals for students with disabilities. They lead colleagues’ training, at the school and across the State, with a focus on understanding the importance of setting challenging learning goals for students. Both teachers demonstrate exemplary practice and knowledge of techniques and skills necessary to help students grow and develop.

Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.1
Establish challenging learning goals
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Develop a culture of high expectations for all students by modelling and setting challenging learning goals.
  1. How do you set high expectations for students of varying abilities?
  2. How do you collaborate with your colleagues to establish challenging learning goals for students?
Modbury Special School
South Australia
Stage of schooling
School type
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The school is a special school in a metropolitan area.  Teachers have small class sizes because their students have multiple disabilities. Many of the students are visually reliant and have sensory integration issues. The two teachers work collaboratively to provide the best education for their students. They create individualised goal banks or sets of goals with the parents and focus on both physical and intellectual skill development.

Content provider
Department of Education and Child Development South Australia

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