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Launch of the National Professional Standards for Teachers

9 Feb 2011

Launch of the National Professional Standards for Teachers

The National Professional Standards for Teachers were released today by the Chair of the Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA), Victorian Education Minister the Hon Martin Dixon.

Last year, NSW teachers participated in consultations and a validation study regarding the content and appropriateness of these Standards. This work was undertaken by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) in collaboration with the NSW Institute of Teachers.

The validated National Professional Standards for Teachers were endorsed by all state and territory Ministers in December 2010 through the Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA).

The NSW Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Verity Firth MP, who holds the authority for the approval of teaching standards in NSW, approved the Standards through the MCEECDYA process.

There will be a phased approach to the implementation of the National Professional Standards for Teachers for NSW teachers.

In 2011 the NSW teachers will continue to use the NSW Professional Teaching Standards. The National Professional Standards for Teachers will be progressively implemented from 2012, subject to satisfactory development of the support material.

Support material including detailed and comprehensive Evidence Guides will be developed this year. NSW is committed to working with teachers through AITSL to develop this material.

Authorisation for the actual implementation of the new standards at the different levels will be subject to the approval of the NSW Minister, on the advice of the NSW Institute of Teachers.

Teachers in NSW will be invited to contribute to this important work though their employing authorities, unions, principal groups and professional associations etc.

The progressive introduction of the Standards in NSW will not require major changes. The National Framework resembles closely the existing NSW standards framework. The similarity between the National Professional Standards for Teachers and the NSW Professional Teaching Standards is a particularly important outcome for teachers in NSW.

The validation of the National Professional Standards for Teachers was undertaken by the National Centre for Science, ICT and Mathematics Education for Rural and Regional Australia at the University of New England. This is the same group who completed the validation of the NSW Professional Teaching Standards.

The National Standards comprise four key levels that align to the NSW Framework:

·         Graduate Teachers
·         Proficient (Competent)
·         Highly Accomplished (Accomplished)
·         Lead

Importantly, the National Professional Standards for Teachers have the same quality and rigour of the NSW Standards. 

For this reason, the eventual transition to the National Standards should be orderly with adequate time for proper preparation and use by teachers, executive staff, teacher education staff and professional development providers.

In NSW the Institute of Teachers will work to support a smooth transition in all existing support material including the Institute’s on-line interface.

More information about the National Professional Standards for Teachers can be found at www.aitsl.edu.au