Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Quality placements

About this Illustration of Practice

A professional learning co-ordinator has responsibility for interviewing, selecting and placing pre-service teachers with teacher supervisors at Darwin High School. She meets the pre-service teachers weekly to discuss their progress and provides opportunities for them to raise issues of concern that she attempts to resolve collaboratively. Core teaching and learning issues such as behaviour management and information and communication technologies (ICT) are also discussed. She also supports pre-service teachers' participation within innovative ICT professional learning and teaching projects.

Standard 6
Engage in professional learning
Focus area 6.2
Engage in professional learning and improve practice
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Plan for professional learning by accessing and critiquing relevant research, engage in high quality targeted opportunities to improve practice and offer quality placements for pre-service teachers where applicable.
Other descriptors
Standard 6
Engage in professional learning
Focus area 6.1
Identify and plan professional learning needs
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Analyse the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers to plan personal professional development goals, support colleagues to identify and achieve personal development goals and pre-service teachers to improve classroom practice.
  1. What would be the main features of a 'quality placement' for a pre-service teacher at a school?
  2. How effective is the program offered to pre-service teachers at your school?
Darwin High School
Northern Territory
Related subject
Stage of schooling
School type
School location
View full map

Darwin High School is one of only two government schools in Darwin that cater purely for senior students at years 10–12. The school is relatively large in comparison with other Territory schools. The student population is comprised of many different cultural backgrounds, with a large number of overseas students. The school is a teaching school with a relationship with Charles Darwin University. The school interviews pre-service students to see whether it can provide an appropriate supervising teacher. The co-ordinator advises students about the kinds of evidence they must collect to demonstrate that they have achieved a graduate standard at the end of their pre-service year.

Content provider
Education Services Australia

© Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), 2012 (except where indicated under acknowledgements). You may use, reproduce and adapt this material for educational purposes until 30 June 2019, provided you retain this notice and all acknowledgements associated with the material.