Learning Intentions & Success Criteria

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One of the best ways to support student learning is to help them understand the learning goals and providing them with specific information about how to obtain those learning goals.  

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What are Learning Intentions and Success Criteria?

Learning Intentions

Learning intentions are the statements about the overall goal of understanding or learning.

Success Criteria

Success Criteria are the statements that clearly communicate to students what they need to do to successfully achieve the Learning Intention.

All statements should be written in student friendly language and should always be viewable by students.

Protocols: Learning Intentions & Success Criteria

Learning Intentions and Success Criteria should be
  • Developed in collaboration with colleagues in allocated planning time, and documented in planners
  • Connected to relevant curriculum documentation
  • Presented over a sequence of lessons
  • Discussed at the start of a class, re-visited throughout, and reviewed at the end of the lesson
  • Written in student friendly language
  • Viewable by students
  • Connected to student reflective/evaluation tasks
  • Enhanced using models and exemplars to support

Resources for Classrooms

The following resources provide three different ways to provide learning intentions and success criteria to students.  These can be used in tandem.


Rubrics help 

  • students understand the assessment criteria before they engage in the assessment task
  • teachers grade assessments consistently

Examplars enables you to break down a good piece of work to help students understand what success looks like.

Bump it up wall

Bump it up walls help communicate what success looks like in an easy to understand way and helps both you and your students track their learning.

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