The foundation of teaching and learning are curriculum, instruction, assessment and feedback:

  • Curriculum – what we teach
  • Instruction – how we teach
  • Assessment – how do we know that it has been learnt
  • Feedback – how do we engage students with their learning

Successful schools have a guarenteed and viable curriculum with student needs at the centre, high quality teaching and learning practises with an agreed instructional model, and a professional learning community approach where there is shared responsibility for student learning and improvement.

Build the guaranteed and viable curriculum.

At MPPS we have a guaranteed and viable curriculum in terms of a documented curriculum based on the Victorian Curriculum that teachers know, are teaching and assessing. We are building and developing the curriculum so that:

  • Teachers have deeper knowledge of the scope of the curriculum and sequence of learning (from Foundation to year 7 and beyond).
  • Teams are ensuring that the amount of content in the curriculum is teachable in the time available for instruction.
  • Student data is used to develop a curriculum that reflects the needs of the cohort.
  • There is:
    • fidelity between the curriculum documentation and what is being taught and assessed,
    • consistency across teams and
    • alignment across the school

Build the instructional practice of every teacher so that there is consistency and high quality across the school.

At MPPS there has been professional development to support high quality teaching. As a school, we have an agreed instructional approach based on the work of Prof. Jane Pollock. Our continued focus is on ensuring that the implementation of our instructional model has fidelity, intensity and consistency. Also, that the conditions for learning are evident in every classroom. Finally, it is about ensuring that there is consistency in each class as you move through the school.

Good learners have the ability to remember and understand what they have learnt. The high yield strategies as research-based strategies have been identified as having a high probability of enhancing student achievement for all students, in all subject areas, at all year levels. When learners use these strategies, they are engaged with the purpose for learning, able to connect new information to prior learning and embed this knowledge or skills. At MPPS, teachers plan for the high yield strategies as part of our instructional model/curriculum planning.

Build the professional learning teams (PLT’s) across the school.

At MPPS we have a strong PLT culture. Working collaboratively is an embedded expectation of all staff and is supported through the timetable and meeting structure. The work of PLTs is to meet the needs of and develop collective responsibility for all students. This is done through strong distributed leadership across the school, teamwork and monitoring of high expectations and accountability for the learning and engagement of every student.

Resources to support Excellence in Teaching and Learning:

Curriculum Instruction, Assessment, Feedback
Visual – MPPS Curriculum Planning Flow Chart
Literacy Expectations
Numeracy Expectations
English Scope and Sequence
Maths Scope and Sequence
Integrated Scope and Sequence
Specialist Scope and Sequence
Digital Literacy/ICT Scope and Sequence
Developmental Play program
First 20 Days of School – Literacy program
First 20 Days of School – Numeracy program
GANAG – Instructional Model information (including high yield strategies)
Planning templates
·         Yearly Planner
·         Term Overview
·         GANAG Unit Planner
·         Weekly Planner
MPPS Assessment Guidelines
English Moderation Document
Maths Moderation Document
Live Scoring
Professional Learning Teams (PLT) overview (including DuFour questions).