This policy is current as at 19/02/2018 03:10pm, AEDT. Please refer to policy library website (https://education.nsw.gov.au/policy-library) for an updated version.

Accreditation at Highly Accomplished Teacher and Lead Teacher in NSW Government Schools

This policy provides information on the process of voluntary accreditation of teachers at the career stages of Highly Accomplished Teacher and Lead Teacher as outlined in the Teacher Accreditation Act 2004.

1. Objectives - Policy statement

1.1

The department supports teachers seeking voluntary accreditation at the career stages of Highly Accomplished Teacher and Lead Teacher. The department works with the NSW Education Standards Authority (the Authority) to ensure policy and procedures for accreditation, and judgements about the accreditation of teachers, are made in accordance with the legislative requirements of the Teacher Accreditation Act 2004.

1.2

Teachers who are required to hold mandatory accreditation at the level of Proficient Teacher must have achieved this before applying for voluntary accreditation at Highly Accomplished Teacher or Lead Teacher.

It is recommended that such teachers maintain one phase of accreditation at Proficient Teacher successfully before applying for voluntary accreditation at Highly Accomplished Teacher or Lead Teacher.

1.3

Teachers applying for Highly Accomplished accreditation must have been assessed as satisfactory in their two most recent annual performance reviews. Teachers applying for accreditation at Lead Teacher level must have been assessed as satisfactory in their three most recent performance reviews.

1.4

The Secretary has delegated the responsibility of Teacher Accreditation Authority at the Highly Accomplished Teacher and Lead Teacher career stages to the Directors, Public Schools NSW, who make the accreditation decision.

2. Audience and applicability

2.1

The policy and procedures apply to all staff in NSW government schools participating in the accreditation process of teachers at Highly Accomplished Teacher and Lead Teacher level.

3. Context

3.1

This policy should be read in conjunction with the Department’s Accreditation at Highly Accomplished Teacher and Lead Teacher Procedures and the Authority’s documents:

3.2

Document history and details

4. Responsibilities and delegations

4.1

Directors, Public Schools NSW are delegated as the Teacher Accreditation Authority at Highly Accomplished Teacher and Lead Teacher. They are responsible for making final accreditation decisions at these levels, and communication with the Authority regarding teachers’ accreditation submissions.

4.2

(i)

Teachers who proceed with accreditation at the higher career stages are responsible for managing the accreditation process and maintenance of accreditation at the required level. Teachers who do not maintain accreditation at the higher level will revert to the Proficient level of accreditation.

(ii)

Teachers are responsible for ensuring they maintain their current level of accreditation whilst participating in the higher level accreditation process (if applicable).

(iii)

Principals or line managers are responsible for holding discussions with the teacher about undertaking accreditation, supporting the teacher and acting as a referee.

Refer to the Accreditation at Highly Accomplished Teacher and Lead Teacher Procedures for further information on the roles and responsibilities of departmental staff involved in the accreditation and maintenance of Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher accreditation processes.

4.3

The Executive Director, Public Schools NSW, is responsible for the management of the internal review process as described in the Accreditation at Highly Accomplished Teacher and Lead Teacher Procedures

5. Monitoring, evaluation and reporting requirements

5.1

The Director, Talent Management is responsible for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of this policy.

6. Contact

Talent Management on (02) 9836 9000

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