Inquiry as a Powerful Pedagogy for Student Learning

4 Day Program

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Are you still curious?

“Together we inspire and support all learners to succeed as connected, resilient, creative and curious thinkers.”

Principals are invited to bring along a team (max. 3) including a classroom teacher, to explore inquiry as a pedagogy in a school context. Participation will build capacity to meet our DoE commitment and to deliver high quality teaching and learning.

We invite an expression of interest for up to four schools, to be involved in working with the Inquiry leadership teams at both Lansdowne Crescent and Riverside Primary Schools, as part of an Inquiry Learning Partnership across 2020.

The partnership will involve four days learning with the principal and your team, at both school sites, with follow up support and school visits as appropriate. Included in the learning will be classroom observations, coaching and mentoring, workshops and a professional learning day with Kath Murdoch.

Are you ready?

The pre-conditions for your school to be involved in 2020 include – a safe and orderly environment, clear school expectations in literacy and numeracy, understanding of the Australian Curriculum and working towards a professional learning community. The School Improvement Team will have oversight for selection of schools.

Through participation in this inquiry learning partnership participants will:

  • have a greater knowledge and understanding of students using inquiry as a pedagogical and school improvement approach
  • develop skills to plan and integrate student inquiry within their school as part of their improvement focus
  • build collaborative and inquiry learning partnership opportunities across the state


Standard 1 – Know students and how they learn

Standard 2 – Know content and how to teach it

Standard 3 – Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning

Standard 4 – Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments

Standard 5 – Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning

Standard 6 – Engage in professional learning

Standard 7 – Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community


Leading teaching and learning

Developing self and others

Leading improvement, innovation and change

This program is one of three opportunities through the Principal Expertise Professional Learning Model. Schools will be eligible to participate in one of these initiatives only. The three initiatives are:-

  • Data Wise School Improvement Inquiry Learning Partnership
  • Professional Learning Communities School Improvement Inquiry Learning Partnership
  • Inquiry as a Powerful Pedagogy for Student Learning

Inquiry as a Powerful Pedagogy for Student Learning is open to all schools. Schools accepted into this initiative must attend as a team which includes the Principal and a classroom teacher.

Application for this program is via an Expression of Interest (EOI) selection process. Please use the form below for all application material.

The application timeline is as follows:

  • SUBMISSION DEADLINE: COB 10 December 2019
  • SUCCESSFUL SELECTION: It is anticipated that successful schools will be advised by 13 December 2019

Applications are to be submitted online via the PLI website using the form provided.

Selection Criteria:

Schools’ selection will be based on demonstrated need and readiness for inquiry.

Selection panel – Principal Expertise Oversight Group (representatives from Learning Services School Improvement Team and the Professional Learning Institute)

Applications must:

  • address the following four questions –
  1. What are your School Improvement Plan’s priorities and how do they relate to the pedagogy of Inquiry? (250 word limit)
  2. Please describe the enabling structures and pre-conditions for Inquiry that are embedded in your school – e.g. collaborative structures, literacy and numeracy guidelines, an environment that promotes learning….Be specific (250 word limit)
  3. Please give the roles and responsibilities of each member of your team and how you expect they will contribute to the focus on Inquiry in the coming year. (250 word limit)
  4. What professional learning opportunities have you and your team participated in with a specific Inquiry focus? As part of your initial thinking how has your school engaged with inquiry as a pedagogy?

EOI form for Inquiry as a Powerful Pedagogy for Student Learning 


4 Workshops – 10.00am – 2.00pm

Wednesday 11 March – Riverside Primary School, Launceston

Three more workshop sessions throughout the year – venue/dates TBA

Kath Murdoch Session

This Session will now be offered Online – Details TBA