Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO)

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The Framework for Improving Student Outcomes has been developed to help us work together to dramatically increase the focus on student learning in schools.

The key elements of the framework are:

About FISO

​​​Using the latest research on student learning and global best-practice, the framework will help schools to focus their efforts on key areas that are known to have the greatest impact on school improvement. Principals, school leaders, teachers, students, parents, regional staff and policy-makers can work together to create better outcomes for our students.

As an evidence-based, practical resource, the framework will help schools to implement its four state-wide school improvement priorities.

Schools will select and focus on one or two improvement initiatives, monitor their progress and evaluate the impact on student outcomes.​​​


Effective implementation - case studies and guide

The Effective practice project identified and captured effective implementation of FISO within 15 schools in the South Western Victoria Region.

The Effective practice project online resource includes:

  • video case studies from four participating schools
  • engagement activities and resources to complement professional learning and viewing.

The resource is for regional and school staff, who are leading school improvement initiatives and implementation.

It is intended to be used by regional leaders and school improvement teams to facilitate improvement conversations that are open to learning.

Print the guide:

Application of FISO in the classroom – VTLM

The Victorian Teaching and Learning Model (VTLM) brings FISO into the classroom, creating a line of sight between the whole-school improvement approach and classroom practice. It assists principals, school leaders, teachers, students and parents/carers to work together in strong, effective learning communities that create and sustain better outcomes for students. The Victorian Teaching and Learning Model allows teachers and school leaders to focus on high impact improvement initiatives and to drive those initiatives through evidence-based decisions about their teaching and student learning.

The Victorian Teaching and Learning Model consists of four components: the Vision for Learning, Practice Principles, Pedagogical Model, and HITS. These components have a common foundation: the FISO Improvement Model, the FISO Continua of Practice and the FISO Improvement Cycle. Each component articulates how FISO is enacted in teaching and learning. The Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO) helps schools lift student outcomes and build system capability

  • A vision for learning helps create a unified set of values and beliefs to drive a high performance learning culture. A Vision for Learning states: All students are empowered to learn and achieve, experiencing high quality teaching practice and the best conditions for learning which equip them with the knowledge, skills and dispositions for lifelong learning and shaping the world around them.
  • The practice principles are nine signature pedagogies which make the difference in improving student achievement and motivation
  • The pedagogical model describes what effective teaching looks like in the classroom and helps teachers apply the Practice Principles
  • The high impact teaching strategies (HITS) are ten instructional practices that reliably increase student learning wherever they are applied

Downloadable FISO resources