Communities of Practice overview

Getting the most from the Education State’s school networks.
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Effective school networks are at the heart of implementing the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes. Characterised by their clear goal setting, shared problems of practice, collective ownership and strong engagement these networks harness great school practice to achieve great outcomes for all students.  

The relationships between network players - including senior executive improvement leaders, network chairs and principals - shape the adoption and outcomes of the Communities of Practice approach. 

This publication outlines the Communities of Practice approach and the role networks play.

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Networks as Communities of Practice

Successful education systems have principals who are well connected to their peers through active partnerships or learning networks of schools. In Victoria, these learning networks are known as Communities of Practice.

This publication outlines how to embed a networked system of schools to powerfully lift the performance and achievement of all students.

Communities of Practice roles and responsibilities

The Communities of Practice approach supports the ambitious and powerful vison for Victoria’s education system outlined in the Education State.

This publication outlines a set of guidelines to assist with network governance and supports network chairs and executives to fulfil their roles confidently and effectively in a CoP.

Last updated 12 May 2022