The Charter and Framework

Teacher and school leader professional growth is supported through a strong professional learning culture, and a systematic approach to professional learning and performance and development.

The Australian Charter for the Professional Learning of Teachers and School Leaders describes what a high quality professional learning culture and effective professional learning look like.

The Australian Teacher Performance and Development Framework helps leaders to build a successful professional growth culture in their school, and implement the essential elements of an effective performance and development approach.

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Encourage performance and development

Performance and development is about creating a culture of teacher quality, feedback and growth for all teachers within all schools.

The quality of teaching is the most significant in-school factor affecting student outcomes, and there is strong evidence that better appraisal and feedback leading to targeted development can improve teacher performance. The Performance and Development culture and cycle resources support each component of the performance and development cycle. They will help you engage with the performance and development opportunities at your school.

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P&D toolkit overview
Performance and Development toolkit for teachers overview
Overview of the P&D toolkit.
Goal setting guide
Goal setting guide

This guide can be used for annual goal setting as part of the formal performance and development cycle. It can also be used for goal setting in the context of a coaching relationship or for shorter-term goal setting resulting from personal reflection, classroom observation or any other feedback.

Make the most of goal setting
How can I ensure I get the most out of my goal setting?

A school’s performance and development process offers opportunity for teachers to engage in targeted development focused on priority areas for themselves, their school and sector.

What is my role in P&D?
What is my role in the performance and development cycle?

The aim of this resource is to provide you with an overview of: – the key phases and activities involved in a performance and development cycle – your role in the performance and development cycle – the resources that will support you in each of the phases.

Getting started survey
Getting started survey - How do I perceive performance and development at my school?

Survey for P&D school analysis.

Examples of evidence
Examples of Evidence

This document provides examples of evidence that may be used to provide insight into the effectiveness of teacher practice and inform growth. The examples are grouped into common evidence types. This list is not exhaustive and other categories and evidence types may be used to demonstrate the achievement of the Standards.

Tips for feedback
Tips for collecting and documenting feedback

This activity sheet is designed to help you, clarify why you are seeking particular feedback and to communicate to the person giving you feedback what you want them to focus on, guide feedback conversations by asking questions that direct the discussion towards specific and meaningful feedback that will inform your goal progress and actions you might take to strengthen your teaching practice, document the feedback and your insights and reflections so you can identify what the feedback means for your practice and what you want to change.

Classroom observation
How do I engage in classroom observation?

Resource to help you engage in classroom observation.

Evidence progress
How do I evidence progress against my goals?

Evidence provides the basis for ongoing feedback, reflection and further development. It is an important tool that you can use to demonstrate your development to others.

How does PL support P&D?
How does professional learning support my performance and development?

An important part of working towards goals and collecting evidence of your progress includes undertaking professional learning to improve your teaching practice.

Review guide
Performance and development review guide

This guide can be used for annual goal setting as part of the formal performance and development cycle. It can also be used for goal setting in the context of a coaching relationship or for shorter-term goal setting resulting from personal reflection, classroom observation or any other feedback.

Make the most of goal setting
How can I make the most of my performance and development review?

This resource will help you to prepare for your review and support you in actively participating in your ongoing development.

Goal achievement
How do I reflect on my own goal achievement?

This document outlines exercises to support self-reflection on your goal achievement.

Peer feedback
How can I support effective peer feedback in my school?

The conditions for effective peer-feedback require a whole of school approach and agreement from all staff. They are not the work of one teacher alone. This resource will help you support effective peer feedback.

Ongoing formal and informal feedback
How can I initiate ongoing formal and informal feedback?

This resource is designed to assist you to seek targeted and useful feedback that will support your professional growth.

Further resources

For further support in building a professional growth culture, and implementing the principles of the Charter and Framework, try exploring the resources below. Find out more about the research behind the policies, and use the activities to support growth conversations with your colleagues.

Unpacking the Australian Teacher Performance and Development Framework

Workshop presentation and resource to familiarise you with the Australian Teacher Performance and Development Framework.

Building an effective performance and development culture

Workshop presentation on the importance of creating a strong performance and development culture within Australian schools.

An effective performance and development cycle

Workshop presentation with emphasis on the essential elements contained within the performance and development cycle.
Professional Growth

Essential guides to professional learning

Understand more about the research underpinning the Charter with the essential guide to professional learning series.
Professional Growth

Charter stimulus cards

Use these cards to stimulate discussion on professional learning and the Charter.
Professional Growth

Discussion deck

The discussion deck helps teachers to use the Charter.

Develop a learning culture

Understand how to establish a learning culture and support the professional growth of staff in your school in our Leadership Scenario New role, new learning culture.

The Leadership Scenarios draw on real-life experiences to develop strategies for common challenges new principals face.

School leaders sitting at table