Tried and tested, evidence-based practices that make a difference
AERO has produced four Tried and tested evidence guides for classroom teachers. These guides aim to support teachers' ongoing professional development by summarising key practices that can rapidly improve learning outcomes for students in Australian classrooms.
The guides can be read individually or together. Each individual guide is carefully sequenced, providing a step-by-step outline of how to effectively implement practices.
AERO will be producing future guides on wellbeing in the classroom and early learning settings, to accompany these initial guides, as well as further guides on other aspects of effective teaching practice relevant to Australian educators, teachers and leaders.
Who are they for?
These guides are aimed at classroom teachers. They are designed to help provide teachers with evidence-based information to rapidly improve student learning. They provide a framework of effective practice, assisting teachers to:
- know where their students are at in their learning
- know how to teach their students
- know how to make sure their students learn
- know how to manage the classroom to maximise learning.
How to use these guides
Teachers can choose to use these guides in a variety of ways. This may be determined in part by the experience levels and contexts of individual teachers.
Beginning teachers may use the guides to learn about how to implement certain practices that may be new to them, or to reflect on and refine their existing practice. More experienced teachers may use them in instructional coaching or mentoring situations. The guides could also be used in collaborative practice as part of informal or formal professional learning.
As part of AERO’s ongoing work, we will be undertaking research into how teachers use these guides in practice, and will use the findings to inform future directions, including how we support teachers to most effectively use evidence to improve practice.
Why are they important?
These guides are particularly important in light of the disruptions to learning that occurred in some parts of Australia last year as a result of COVID-19. Disadvantaged students are likely to have had the greatest learning losses during school shutdowns associated with COVID-19. The practices in the guides have been proven to work quickly and effectively with this cohort, as well as others.
Can I trust these practices?
These guides only include practices that have been proven to work in the classroom.
AERO has synthesised the most rigorous and relevant evidence-based practices from meta-analyses, systematic reviews and literature reviews. AERO has rated these sources of information against its Standards of evidence, focusing on evidence generated in an Australian context where possible.
The webpage for each individual guide contains an annotated reference list outlining the evidence base for our guides. At times, some of the information in our resources draws on older seminal texts that inform later developments in the evidence base. We balance this information with more recent studies when presenting the evidence base.
The Tried and tested guides are intended to complement and support existing Australian resources such as the Australian Professional Standards for Teaching and guidance offered by schools and systems. Some specific guidance that may be relevant to you:
- Teachers and leaders in Victorian schools are encouraged to read the Tried and Tested resources in conjunction with the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO) and the Victorian Teaching and Learning Model (VTLM). The resources provide additional support for implementing a number of the high impact teaching strategies set out in the VTLM.
- Teachers and leaders in Queensland government schools should read the advice presented in these resources in conjunction with the P–12 curriculum, assessment and reporting framework. Additional support for adopting an inquiry approach to school improvement is available on the Intentional Collaboration website (Department of Education staff only).
- Teachers and leaders in the Tasmanian government system are encouraged to read these resources in conjunction with the Learners First Systematic Curriculum Delivery, Pedagogical Framework and Assessment Strategy.
- For teachers and leaders in Northern Territory government schools, these resources align directly to the work of the Signature Strategies, particularly supporting schools to explore and deepen their understanding of effective practice across strategies within the Engage improvement journey.
- Teachers and leaders in ACT government schools are encouraged to consider these resources within the wider framework set out in Enabling Pedagogies, accessible with their system log-in.
- Teachers and leaders in the Independent sector are encouraged to read these resources in conjunction with pedagogical guidance provided by their Association.
AERO will be working to produce resources specifically for early childhood education in the coming year.