This policy is current as at 22/02/2018 09:43am, AEDT. Please refer to policy library website (https://education.nsw.gov.au/policy-library) for an updated version.

Accreditation at Proficient Teacher in NSW Government Schools Policy

This document outlines the Department's policy on the mandatory accreditation of teachers at Proficient Teacher level and the maintenance of that accreditation to meet the requirements of the Teacher Accreditation Act 2004 and the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards Act 2013.

1. Objectives - Policy statement

1.1

All teachers must meet the Department’s requirements for employment and approval to teach in order to be employed in NSW government schools.

1.2

The Teacher Accreditation Act 2004 and the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards Act 2013 require the following teachers to be accredited:

  • Teachers who have never been employed to teach in NSW before October 1, 2004 (either on a permanent, casual or temporary basis) or
  • Teachers who have K-12 teaching experience in NSW schools but are returning to teaching after 1 October, 2004 following an absence of five years or more.

1.3

It is an offence to employ or to continue to employ a teacher who is required to be accredited and has not become accredited with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) within their accreditation period.

1.4

To meet the mandatory accreditation requirements of BOSTES the Department:

  • ensures that all teachers have been accredited by BOSTES at the point of employment.
  • supports all teachers required to be accredited who are employed in NSW government schools to achieve accreditation at the level of Proficient Teacher during their initial years of teaching.
  • ensures that judgements about the accreditation of teachers employed in NSW government schools at the Proficient Teacher level are made in accordance with the Accreditation at Proficient Teacher Procedures and the requirements of BOSTES.

1.5

The Secretary has delegated the responsibility of Teacher Accreditation Authority at the Proficient Teacher level to Principals (including Teaching Principals and Associate Principals), who make the accreditation decision for teachers in NSW Public Schools, and to the Director, Public Schools NSW, as the Teacher Accreditation Authority for Principals (including Teaching Principals and Associate Principals), requiring accreditation at Proficient Teacher level.

2. Audience and applicability

2.1

This policy applies to all staff in NSW government schools participating in the accreditation and maintenance processes of teachers at the Proficient Teacher level.

3. Context

3.1

This policy must be read in conjunction with:

4. Responsibilities and delegations

4.1

1 Principals are delegated as the Teacher Accreditation Authority at Proficient Teacher level for teachers in NSW Government schools.

Principals are responsible for:

  • making final accreditation decisions at Proficient Teacher level.
  • communicating with BOSTES regarding teachers’ accreditation submissions.
  • keeping an electronic copy of the Accreditation at Proficient Teacher Report and the supporting evidence.
  • managing support programs and procedures for accreditation and maintenance of accreditation at Proficient Teacher level for teachers.

4.2

The Director, Public Schools NSW is the Teacher Accreditation Authority for principals requiring accreditation at Proficient Teacher level.

Directors, Public Schools NSW, are responsible for:

  • making final accreditation decisions at Proficient Teacher level for principals.
  • communicating with BOSTES regarding principals’ accreditation submissions.
  • keeping an electronic copy of the Accreditation at Proficient Teacher Report and the supporting evidence.
  • managing support programs and procedures for accreditation and maintenance of accreditation at Proficient Teacher level for principals.

4.3

The Executive Director, Human Resources, is responsible for the management of the internal review process as described in the Accreditation at Proficient Teacher Procedures.

4.4

Under the Teacher Accreditation Act 2004, the Teacher Accreditation Authority at the Proficient Teacher level is delegated to revoke or suspend accreditation at Proficient Teacher level.

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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