Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Professional learning

About this Illustration of Practice

Here the English teacher identifies her need to update her knowledge of text production. This will enable her to more effectively teach students at a higher year level.  She has begun her own professional development by targeting her own writing and has sought personal mentoring online and face-to-face. As she continues her own professional learning she can then transfer those skills to her teaching to improve student learning. This is an area that fits with the school’s curriculum priorities in advancing student text production.

Standard 6
Engage in professional learning
Focus area 6.2
Engage in professional learning and improve practice
Career stage
Participate in learning to update knowledge and practice, targeted to professional needs and school and/or system priorities.
  1. How do you identify your professional learning needs?
  2. How do you update your knowledge and improve your practice?
  3. How does your professional learning and professional development impact on the school and/or system priorities?
Le Fevre High School
South Australia
Year level
Year 10
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Stage of schooling
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The school is in the Adelaide metropolitan area. In this example Language A refers to the English learning area. The teacher is engaged in her own professional learning and improving her own practice which will directly impact on the school’s priorities in the learning area.
Content provider
Department of Education and Child Development South Australia

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