Close message Scootle will stop supporting resources that use the Adobe Flash plug-in from 18 Dec 2020. Learning paths that include these resources will have alerts to notify teachers and students that one or more of the resources will be unavailable. Click here for more info.

Teacher guide Evidence Based Observations and Coaching

TLF ID S7067

This teacher resource describes an extended professional learning program implemented in 38 Victorian independent schools using evidence-based observations (EBO) as the basis for in-school teacher coaching to improve students' literacy and numeracy. Organised in nine sections: Summary; Target student group; Method; Results; Lessons learned; Next steps; Research base; Further reading and links; and Contacts, the resource explains how the coaching cycle worked, describing the method used to observe teacher practice and student engagement. It provides data about teachers' and students' positive responses to the program and increased student learning in literacy and numeracy.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a valuable resource for secondary schools concerned about improving students' attainment of the English and mathematics achievement standards to year 10 and their NAPLAN literacy and numeracy results in year 9. The improvement focus described in the resource is on the coach gathering evidence of the teacher's pedagogical approaches; their effect on student engagement and cognitive challenge; and using the evidence from classroom observations to work collaboratively with the teacher to plan for improvement.
  • The resource is of value in relation to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, particularly for the professional engagement domain. It is relevant to all four focus areas of Standard 6 and being involved in a program of the type described in the resource, either as a coach or participating teacher, provides teachers at all levels - graduate, proficient, highly accomplished and lead - with opportunities to extend their own professional learning or that of others.
Year level

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

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

    Other details

    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 2014-04-04
    • Name: Education Services Australia
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: AUSTRALIA
    • URL:
    • 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
    • URL:
    Access profile
    • Generic
    Learning resource type
    • Teacher guide
    • Google Chrome - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
    • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
    • ms-internet explorer - minimum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 10.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 6.0 (MacOS)
    • Adobe Reader - minimum version: 7.6.9
    Operating systems
    • ms-windows - minimum version: 7
    • macos - minimum version: OSX v8
    • © 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.