AITSL Standards

What are the Standards? 

“The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers are a public statement of what constitutes teacher quality. They describe elements of high-quality, effective teaching by making explicit the knowledge, practice and engagement required across different stages in a teacher’s career (AITSL 2011b). The  Standards provide a shared understanding and language for discourse within the teaching profession, enabling the profession to articulate what it knows, what it does, what it believes and what it values.” (from the AITSL publication Working with the Standards)

Visit the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) for the full description of each standard across Graduate, Proficient, Highly Accomplished and Lead levels.

There are seven Standards divided across three Domains of Teaching. Each Standard is then sub-divided into one or more Focus Areas:

1.1 Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students

1.2 Understand how students learn

1.3 Students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds

1.4 Strategies for teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

1.5 Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities

1.6 Strategies to support full participation of students with disability

2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area

2.2 Content selection and organisation

2.3 Curriculum, assessment and reporting

2.4 Understand and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to promote reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians

2.5 Literacy and numeracy strategies

2.6 Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

3.1 Establish challenging learning goals

3.2 Plan, structure and sequence learning programs

3.3 Use teaching strategies

3.4 Select and use resources

3.5 Use effective classroom communication

3.6 Evaluate and improve teaching programs

3.7 Engage parents / carers in the educative process

4.1 Support student participation

4.2 Manage classroom activities

4.3 Manage challenging behaviour

4.4 Maintain student safety

4.5 Use ICT safely, responsibly and ethically

5.1 Assess student learning

5.2 Provide feedback to students on their learning

5.3 Make consistent and comparable judgments

5.4 Interpret student data

5.5 Report on student achievement

6.1 Identify and plan professional learning needs

6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice

6.3 Engage with colleagues and improve practice

6.4 Apply professional learning and improve student learning

7.1 Meet professional ethics and responsibilities

7.2 Comply with legislative, administrative and organisational requirements

7.3 Engage with the parents/carers

7.4 Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities