Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Promoting student responsibility

About this Illustration of Practice

The teacher uses strategies developed from a workshop by boys’ education expert Ian Lilico. He creates a positive learning environment by utilising a 'community circle' where his students take responsibility for their own learning and behavior management by giving each other feedback on their achievements and attitude. Collaboration is encouraged in the students and a strong emphasis is placed on communication. Within the school, the teacher uses his knowledge and experience to lead colleagues in regular meetings that plan and evaluate units of work based on their knowledge and experience of how boys learn.

Standard 4
Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
Focus area 4.2
Manage classroom activities
Career stage
Initiate strategies and lead colleagues to implement effective classroom management and promote student responsibility for learning.
Other descriptors
Standard 4
Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
Focus area 4.1
Support student participation
Career stage
Demonstrate and lead by example the development of productive and inclusive learning environments across the school by reviewing inclusive strategies and exploring new approaches to engage and support all students.
  1. What behaviour management initiatives have you implemented based on current research and workplace knowledge?
  2. How do you promote student responsibility for learning in your own school context?
  3. How do you lead your colleagues to develop and trial new strategies to engage all students in productive learning environments?
Hackham East Primary School
South Australia
Year level
Year 6
Year 7
Stage of schooling
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Hackham East Primary is a co-educational Government school located in the southern suburbs of Adelaide. The primary school has a strong teaching focus on well-being, literacy, numeracy, and science and information technologies. Despite balanced numbers of boys and girls within the school, the school currently offers a single-sex stream for girls and boys from years 2 to 7. The approach to teaching single-sex classes within the school is informed by current educational research and collaborative approaches to planning, teaching and evaluation.

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