The ACER Professional Learning Community Framework and Questionnaire
The Professional Learning Community Framework
The ACER Professional Learning Community Framework (PLCF) describes in detail the characteristics of a strong professional learning community. It is a synthesis of research into the characteristics of school organisation and leadership that promote a strong professional culture. These characteristics are categorised into five domains.
- Domain 1: A professional culture
- Domain 2: Leadership
- Domain 3: Student engagement, learning and wellbeing
- Domain 4: Improvement of professional knowledge and practice
- Domain 5: Performance and development
Each domain is described in terms of key elements, indicators and contains a rubric.
The Professional Learning Community Questionnaire
School leaders use the ACER Professional Learning Community Questionnaire (PLCQ) in conjunction with the PLCF to gauge the strength of their schools as professional learning communities and to identify aspects that may need to be strengthened.
Together, the PLCF and the PLCQ provide schools with a useful tool that complements ACER’s National School Improvement Tool.
- The PLCQ is a confidential online survey for all teaching staff to complete.
- The most useful and comprehensive results require a staff completion rate of 80–90 per cent .
- The PLCQ contains 80 items and takes about 20 minutes to complete.
- Results are collated and a Professional Learning Community report is supplied to your school within 2 weeks.
- Report also contains supporting commentary that identifies aspects that may need to be strengthened.
- The basic cost for a report is $1950.
How can the PLCF help my school?
Take a snapshot of your school
Measure your school’s improvement over time
Compare sub-groups within your school
Measure the impact of improvement initiatives by school systems
Dr Lawrence Ingvarson
The report was very well-received . . . Overall, we were quite pleased with the results. They both affirmed our perspectives on a lot of the areas we’ve been focussing on as a school as well as providing some really useful feedback on ‘where to next’.
Bernadette Hawker, Goondiwindi State High School
The report was definitely satisfactory and was well received. We spent an entire day working through it alongside our Strategic Directions document.
Barry Walsh, St Dominic’s College