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Structure of the Personal Learning Domain

The Personal Learning domain is organised into six sections, one for each level of achievement from Level 1 to Level 6. Each level includes a learning focus statement and, from Level 3, a set of standards organised by dimension.

Learning focus

Learning focus statements are written for each level. These outline the learning that students need to focus on if they are to progress in the domain and achieve the standards at the levels where they apply. They suggest appropriate learning experiences from which teachers can draw to develop relevant teaching and learning activities.


Standards define what students should know and be able to do at different levels and are written for each dimension. In Personal Learning, standards for assessing and reporting on student achievement apply from Level 3.


Standards in the Personal Learning domain are organised in two dimensions:

The individual learner dimension focuses on students developing knowledge about their personal characteristics and capabilities, and those they need to develop to support their approaches to and reflections about learning. Students explore and practise skills and behaviours which support learning. They develop the capacity to monitor their own learning, identifying learning strengths and areas requiring improvement. They seek and use teacher feedback to develop their content knowledge and understanding. They explore the ways in which personal values affect learning and recognise the need to develop ethical frameworks for operating fairly within the classroom and recognising and respecting individual differences of class members. Students recognise their learning preferences and needs and respect that these may differ from those of others. They develop confidence in making informed decisions about their learning.

The Managing personal learning dimension focuses on the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to enable successful management of personal learning. Students develop skills in goal setting and time and resource management and focus on task achievement. They increasingly develop the skills to work independently, becoming autonomous learners. Students develop strategies to manage their emotions and develop positive attitudes towards learning.

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