Professional Learning

Professional Learning Community

The professional Learning Community (PLC) at St. Francis Xavier Primary School is built on the foundation of a shared moral purpose for school improvement. The PLC is underpinned by shared vision, values and goals. Collaborative teams are the key components within the PLC. We are a community that values strong partnerships that connect, challenge and collaborate.

The school leadership appears to be providing ‘courageous’ leadership in making PLC their focus for school improvement and then committing all their resources and attention to make it happen.

Colin Sloper, Director, Centre for Professional Learning Communities.

The overarching focus of the PLC at St. Francis Xavier Primary School is around three BIG ideas: collaboration, learning and growth (as demonstrated by results).

Teachers as Learners

…what I observed today is one of the strongest applications of the PLC process that I have seen for quite a while. This is a testament to the work of the staff at the school.

Colin Sloper, Director, Centre for Professional Learning Communities.

PLC’s value job-embedded professional learning supported by external opportunities for lateral and vertical learning. Teachers develop high quality instructional practices through learning by doing and reflection with colleagues.

Teachers working together in learning teams create a school culture where collective inquiry, reflective practice and continuous professional learning are used to design and implement effective instructional practices.

Teachers at St. Francis Xavier Primary School are learning from each other and sharing best practice to ensure all students learn to a high standard.

Students as Learners

Our School’s learning focus is underpinned by our four Critical Questions:

  1. What should students know and be able to do?
  2. How will we know when students have learnt it?
  3. How will we structure learning experiences to ensure students learn?
  4. How will we respond when students do not learn it or when they already know it?

Our Professional Learning Community in Action

I commend the leadership team for having an improvement focus and for constantly looking at ways to improve the school structures to support the PLC processes.

Colin Sloper, Director, Centre for Professional Learning Communities.