Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Improving teaching practice

About this Illustration of Practice

A teacher, who also holds a number of key co-ordination roles across her K-10 school, is collaborating with her colleague to develop a professional learning program for her school. The plan for the upcoming year is based on teacher input, which has resulted from professional learning sessions with a visiting expert and the use of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. The teacher emphasises the importance of teacher 'reflection' and that the school's use of the Standards allows her to assist teachers develop specific strategies to improve teaching practice.

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. How are the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers used in your school to plan personal professional development goals?
  2. In what ways could you use the Standards to assist a colleague who needed support in an element of classroom practice?
Dominic College (K-12)
Stage of schooling
School type
Non Government
School location
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Dominic College is a Catholic, kindergarten to year 10, co-educational, independent school in Hobart. Within the school, teachers may have roles of responsibility at either one or both campuses. This teacher's responsibilities include curriculum co-ordination at years 7–10, and being Director of Teaching & Learning across K–10. In developing a draft professional learning plan for her school, she consults with her counterpart at the K–6 campus.

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