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Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers is a public statement of what constitutes teacher quality. The Standards define the work of teachers and make explicit the elements of high-quality, effective teaching in 21st century schools, which result in improved educational outcomes for students. The Standards do this by providing a framework that makes clear the knowledge, practice and professional engagement required across teachers' careers. They present a common understanding and language for discourse between teachers, teacher educators, teacher organisations, professional associations and the public.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic College is actively engaging with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers to be professionally accountable by ensuring that teachers can demonstrate appropriate levels of professional knowledge, professional practice and professional engagement. This is founded on the understanding that teacher quality is the single-most important in-school factor influencing student achievement.

The Standards


Professional Knowledge

Professional Practice

Professional Engagement








Know students and how they learn

Know the content and how to teach it

Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning

Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments

Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning

Engage in professional learning

Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community

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Consequently, engagement with the Standards forms the foundation of each teacher’s Professional Learning Plan culminating with an annual Formation Review. In this way the Standards inform the development of professional learning goals, provide a framework by which teachers can judge the success of their learning and assist self-reflection and self-assessment. Teachers use the Standards to recognise their current and developing capabilities, professional aspirations and achievements.


For more information about the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers go to the AITSL web site ... click here