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Become an External Observer

A reliable, high quality teacher accreditation process is a significant factor in improving the status of the teaching profession. External Observers (EOs) play a crucial role in the accreditation of Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers by independently reviewing a candidate’s practice.  EOs are highly-skilled accredited teachers who receive specialised training and have the opportunity to observe a candidate’s teaching.

  • EOs have a broad understanding, knowledge and experience in pedagogy and classroom practice with a teaching background similar to the candidate’s
  • EOs come from the same school sector, but not the same school, as the candidate
  • EOs are granted teacher relief/release and travel and accommodation costs (if needed) for training and the external observation.


What does an EO do?

An EO spends a school day observing the practice of a teacher seeking Highly Accomplished Teacher Accreditation or Lead Teacher Accreditation. The EO then writes a report which forms part of the applicant’s accreditation submission.


Application criteria

  • Recent, successful experience in supporting and mentoring teachers
  • In-depth understanding and knowledge of own subject/Key Learning Area (KLA) content
  • Excellent communication skills with experience in giving constructive and honest feedback
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Proven record of excellent pedagogy and classroom practice
  • Current or very recent teaching experience
  • Accreditation at Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher level (desirable)


How to become an EO

BOSTES advertises opportunities to become an EO on this website when specific expertise is needed. There are no current opportunities to become an EO.

When advertised, teachers can apply in writing by responding to the selection criteria above. If successful, teachers complete specialised training before they start observing.

More information

email or call the Teaching Standards team on 1300 739 338 (within Australia).

Download Information for External Observers (PDF 259kb).