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Initiatives for schools

Government, Catholic and independent schools are working with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) to implement Great Teaching, Inspired Learning (GTIL) initiatives.

Prepared for the classroom (GTIL 4.1)

A new Framework for coordinating and managing the professional experience that teacher education students undertake in schools is now available.

Read more about the Framework and download the documents

Read the 'Professional Experience Framework' flyer (HTML)

High quality induction program (GTIL 6.1 and 6.2)

The Department of Education has developed and published a new online resource, Strong start, Great teachers, to assist schools to strengthen the induction support they provide. 

Read more about induction support in DEC schools

The methods for induction across the Catholic system include:

  • workshops
  • mentor-facilitated practice
  • online materials
  • research projects. 

The sector has also invested in the development of mentoring skills and materials to enable appropriate engagement.

Read more about Catholic sector incentives 

BOSTES is developing induction support for teachers employed on a casual basis, who are not able to access existing employer support. This support will be delivered initially as half day forums focussing on:

  • the requirements of accreditation
  • understanding and collecting evidence that demonstrates the standards.

Content will also be available online.

High quality mentoring (GTIL 7.1 and 7.2)

The Department for Education has introduced a new model of support for beginning teachers, including:

  • the equivalent of two hours per week release time for each permanent on probation beginning teacher
  • an additional one hour per week release for an experienced teacher to provide mentor support
  • new full-time Teacher Mentor positions to support communities of schools with significant numbers of beginning temporary teachers
  • the new online resource, Strong start, Great teachers which includes support for casual and short-term temporary teachers.

More information on mentoring support in DEC schools

The Catholic sector has various means of developing and supporting the beginning teacher in the early years. This almost always involves the commitment to provide release time (up to 0.2 FTE) to enable collaborative practices involving mentor support.

More information on Catholic sector incentives

Accreditation and probation processes aligned in government schools (GTIL 9.1)

Department of Education probation processes and BOSTES accreditation processes have been revised to provide greater alignment of the pathway to accreditation at Proficient Teacher.

More information on procedures for Proficient Teacher Accreditation

More information on DEC probation processes

Teacher performance management linked to the Australian Teacher Performance and Development Framework and the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (GTIL 11.1)

New annual performance and development processes for Department of Education teachers have been agreed under the 2014 Teachers Award. Details of the new procedures and support resources are currently in development and consultation. The new procedures will be introduced in NSW public schools from 2015. 

More information on DEC performance development processes

All NSW Catholic schools support the Australian Teacher Performance and Development Framework processes. The NSW Catholic sector has established a committee with representatives from all Dioceses to progress this agenda and to share resources as appropriate.

All Diocesan systems have or are implementing structures to ensure that all teachers have individual professional learning plans and are supported in the achievement of their individual goals.

School based professional development recognised (GTIL 12.1)

Maintaining  Proficient Teacher Accreditation involves continuing to demonstrate competent teaching practice. This includes participating in at least 100 hours of professional development (PD). BOSTES has recently changed the required ratio of QTC Registered PD and Teacher Identified PD to allow greater recognition for school based Registered PD and to establish a more streamlined process for schools and school systems to register school based PD.

More information about maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation

Career pathways for teachers accredited at Highly Accomplished and Lead levels expanded (GTIL 14.1)

The Department of Education will introduce a standards based remuneration structure for teachers in NSW public schools as part of the 2014 Teachers Award. Under the new structure teachers who achieve Highly Accomplished Accreditation will be paid an annual salary in excess of $100,000 from 1 January 2016.

More information about accreditation and pay rates for DEC teachers

The NSW Catholic sector is in the process of Enterprise Agreement negotiations. The discussion involves the potential link between salary progression and recognition at the higher levels of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. 

More information about accreditation for Catholic system teachers

With school support, some independent school teachers at the higher levels of accreditation are provided with opportunities to facilitate professional learning for the wider sector through the AIS. Some independent schools provide salary progression based on the attainment of higher level teaching standards through the Independent Schools Teacher Accreditation Authority (ISTAA).

More information about accreditation for independent school teachers

Support for school leaders to drive great teaching (GTIL 15.2)

The Department of Education is developing new leadership pathways which will include new professional learning and coaching modules across three phases of leadership development:

  • aspiring
  • novice
  • highly experienced.

In 2014, the Department also established new Principal, School Leadership positions to give increased support to schools leaders.

More information about accreditation and professional development for potential DEC school leaders

The Australian Professional Standard for Principals are central to leadership pathways in the Catholic system

All Dioceses have already enhanced or are currently enhancing their processes for leadership devleopment with most are working with outside agencies or academic partners. The approaches being used, considered and/or trialled vary and attempt to cater for local needs and the background of those involved.

More information about the CEC programs for school leadership

Some independent schools provide opportunities for leadership development including professional learning support offered by:

  • the AIS Leadership Centre
  • AIS Professional Learning Program
  • Independent Schools Centre for Excellence.

More information about the AIS Leadership Centre

Evidence of professional learning outcomes shared and BOSTES processes updated (GTIL 16.2 & 16.3)

In 2014, the Department's Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation (CESE) developed and launched an Online Professional Learning Clearinghouse to provide a source of research evidence into effective professional learning.

Visit the CESE Professional Learning Clearinghouse

The Department has contracted ClassMovies to assist schools to make mini-documentaries to share their school stories and classroom practice.

More information about ClassMovies

The Department has entered into a research partnership with the University of Newcastle to undertake a two-year research project into the effectiveness of Quality Teaching Rounds as a collaborative approach to teacher professional learning. The research project has commenced in the 24 selected schools.

More information about Quality Teaching Rounds

Professional learning is an essential aspect of school endeavour in NSW Catholic schools. The links between individual teacher’s needs, the school plan and the content of professional learning will be strengthened with the introduction of the Australian Teacher Performance and Development Framework (ATPDF). The ATPDF supports the observation of teaching for the mutual benefit of all involved.

More information about professional learning in the Catholic system

The AIS supports independent schools to undertake action learning projects involving observation and feedback through Australian Government Quality Teacher Program (AGQTP). Some project based activities working across independent schools have been initiated through the Independent Schools Centre for Excellence.

More information about the Quality Teacher Program

More information about the Independent Schools Centre for Excellence

BOSTES has updated policy to include lesson observation as evidence for Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher Accreditation submissions.

More information about Highly Accomplished Teacher Accreditation

More information about Lead Teacher Accreditation