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Teacher guide Coaching Initiatives

TLF ID S7062

This teacher resource describes the success and wider applicability of coaching strategies implemented in government primary and secondary schools in Victoria. Organised in nine sections: Summary; Target student group; Method; Results; Next steps; Lessons learned; Research base; Further reading and links; and Contacts, the resource summarises how one-on-one, in-class coaching to improve teacher capacity was an integral part of a range of statewide strategies, involved 270 coaches and hundreds of schools, and targeted thousands of teachers and students over a five-year period.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • This is an important resource for schools and teachers seeking to enhance their pedagogical practice, improve student outcomes and sustain school reform. Its combination of evaluation data, lessons learnt across various projects and a well-founded research base indicates that coaching strategies could be successfully replicated in a variety of settings, for various purposes, and in various learning areas and contexts.
  • The advice contained in the resource is particularly useful for ensuring any coaching strategy works as well as possible. It identifies the need for a whole-school approach strongly supported by school leaders and involving whole-school curriculum planning focused on the outcomes actually being achieved by individual learners. It notes the importance of selecting the right coaches, providing for their professional learning and ensuring that they employ evidence-based pedagogical approaches and that they identify points of need and entry levels before trying to coach their colleagues.
Year level

F; 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10

Learning area
  • English;
  • Mathematics
  • English/Language
  • English/Literacy
  • English/Literature
  • Mathematics/Measurement and geometry
  • Mathematics/Number and algebra
  • Mathematics/Statistics and probability

    Other details

    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 2014-04-04
    • Name: Education Services Australia
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: AUSTRALIA
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    • Copyright holder
    • Date of contribution: 2014-04-04
    • Name: Commonwealth of Australia
    • Organisation: Commonwealth of Australia
    • Address: AUSTRALIA
    • URL:
    Metadata contributors
    • Resource metadata contributed by
    • Name: Education Services Australia
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: AUSTRALIA
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    • © 2014 Commonwealth of Australia, unless otherwise indicated. This material is provided under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike licence (CC BY-SA 3.0 AU) unless otherwise indicated. You may distribute, remix and build upon this material, provided that you include the acknowledgement '© Commonwealth of Australia 2014' and license under the same terms any new creations you have based on the material.