In addition to the requirements of the School Organisation Act, BGBL Nr. 242/1962, specifying the duties of schools, the three practice schools of the University College of Teacher Education Vienna/Krems adhere to the principles of continuous professional development, accountability and the manifestation of innovation in the teaching process and contribute to the initial teacher education programmes through school placements.
The practice schools are venues where student teachers can develop their teaching skills in a practical as well as a reflective process and so they experience that teaching processes which are based on Christian values and principles have to focus on the dignity and authenticity of young people.
The practice schools provide opportunities for students to practice face to face what they have acquired in areas like teaching and learning, education, assessment, evaluation, research and development.
In addition, the practice schools provide the basis for the close cooperation of teachers, lecturers and students in matters of educational research. They take part in trial programmes of new teaching concepts, contribute to school development processes and thus contribute to further improve the educational system.
As Roman Catholic schools they develop their own teaching and learning concepts on the basis of the Christian tenets of the University College of Teacher Education. Mutual respect, tolerance and solidarity are the core guidelines which enable the teaching staff to view their pupils’ individual talents and to provide differentiated enrichment and support programmes.