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Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Highly Accomplished Career Stage


The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers consist of seven standards.

Highly Accomplished Teacher

The following pages demonstrate how I believe I am continually growing and striving in my aim to achieve these standards at the Highly Accomplished career stage.

Standard 1

Know the students and how they learn

Standard 2

Know the content and how to teach it

Standard 3

Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning

Standard 4

Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments

Standard 5

Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning

Standard 6

Engage in professional learning

Standard 7

Engage Professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community

A Highly Accomplished Teacher, is a highly effective and skilled classroom practitioner, who routinely works independently and collaboratively to improve own practice and the practice of colleagues.

A Highly Accomplished Teacher contributes to colleagues' learning and may also take on roles that guide, advise or lead others, including colleagues and pre-service teachers.

They maximise learning opportunities for students by understanding their backgrounds and diverse individual characteristics and the impact of those factors on their learning.

Highly Accomplished Teachers have in-depth knowledge of their subjects and curriculum content. They work with colleagues to plan, evaluate and modify teaching programs to improve student learning and keep abreast of the latest developments in their specialist content area or across a range of content areas for generalist teachers.

Highly Accomplished Teachers interpersonal and presentation skills are highly developed and they communicate effectively and respectfully with students, colleagues, parents/carers and community members.

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