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The Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership incorporates the professional learning of the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership (Bastow).

Established in 2009 as a branch of the Department of Education and Training, Bastow played a critical role in developing high-quality leaders at every level across the Victorian education system.

The Academy sustains Bastow's focus on driving excellence in school leadership and extends this work to include teaching practice. 

We continue to take the same intentional approach to recognising and developing emerging and established leaders, while strengthening the investment in specialised professional learning for highly skilled teachers.

The Academy draws on the latest evidence from research and high-performing systems around the world. We support teachers and school leaders to develop their expertise and deepen their positive impact on students and communities.

Academy participants follow in the footsteps of Bastow's alumni as influential role models. They play a vital system leadership role in driving excellence in teaching, learning and leadership.

Heritage-listed sites

Our heritage-listed sites have rich histories and have been meticulously restored to create inspiring learning spaces for Victorian teachers and school leaders.  

41 St Andrews Place, East Melbourne

Originally built in the 1850s as the Victorian Government Printing Office, our 41 St Andrews Place site was sensitively modified and restored in 2021.  
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603 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne

An exemplar of Victorian Gothic Revival style, 603 Queensberry Street was originally designed in the 1880s by architect and historical figure Henry Bastow as State School 307. The building was modified and restored in 2012.

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Last updated 07 August 2022