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Great teachers inspire students to achieve learning outcomes that prepare them for success in work and life. The Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) supports great teaching through overseeing a system of accreditation which helps teachers to inspire lifelong learning in students, further improve the status of the teaching profession and recognise the invaluable role teachers play in the community.


BOSTES began operating on 1 January 2014 and brings together functions previously provided by the NSW Institute of Teachers and the Board of Studies NSW.

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The Teacher Accreditation Act 2004 sets out the legal basis for accreditation.

Read about the Teacher Accreditation Act 2004

Quality Teaching Council

The Quality Teaching Council (QTC) advises BOSTES about quality teaching initiatives and accreditation policy. The QTC works with sub-committees made up of teaching and education professionals and BOSTES representatives. Every three years, all NSW teachers and principals are invited to vote for the 10 Council members representing teachers. Only accredited teachers and principals may stand for election. The next election will be held in the second half of 2015.

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Get involved

NSW teachers and education professionals play an important and active role in helping BOSTES to support and promote quality teaching in NSW. BOSTES offers a range of ways teachers can contribute to the accreditation process, including opportunities to:

  • advance personal career goals
  • gain specialised training
  • have a say in the accreditation process.

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