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Accreditation at Proficient Teacher in NSW Public Schools Policy

States the department’s policy for 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 Education Standards Authority Act 2013.

1. 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 public schools.

1.2 The Teacher Accreditation Act 2004 and the Education Standards Authority Act 2013 require all teachers to be accredited as of 1 January 2018.

1.3 Under the Teacher Accreditation Act 2004 it is an offence for a teacher to teach in a school or early childhood education centre unless the teacher is accredited. It is an offence for the department to employ or continue to employ a teacher who is not accredited with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

1.4 To meet the mandatory accreditation requirements of NESA, the department:

  • ensures that all teachers have been accredited by NESA at the point of employment
  • supports all teachers 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 public schools at Proficient Teacher are made in accordance with the Accreditation at Proficient Teacher Procedures, Maintenance of Teacher Accreditation at Proficient, Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher Procedures and the requirements of NESA.

1.5 The Secretary has delegated the responsibility of Teacher Accreditation Authority at Proficient Teacher to principals (including teaching principals and associate principals), who make the accreditation decision for teachers in NSW public schools, and to the Director, Educational Leadership, as the Teacher Accreditation Authority for principals (including teaching principals and associate principals), requiring accreditation at Proficient Teacher.

2. Audience and applicability

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

2. Context

3.1 This policy is to be read in conjunction with:

3. Responsibilities and delegations

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

Principals are responsible for:

  • making final accreditation decisions at Proficient Teacher level
  • communicating with NESA regarding teachers’ accreditation submissions
  • managing support programs and procedures for accreditation and maintenance of accreditation at Proficient Teacher for teachers
  • implementing this policy in the school and reporting as required to their Director, Educational Leadership.

4.2 The Director, Educational Leadership is the Teacher Accreditation Authority for principals requiring accreditation at Proficient Teacher level.

Directors, Educational Leadership are responsible for:

  • making final accreditation decisions at Proficient Teacher for principals
  • communicating with NESA regarding principals’ accreditation submissions
  • managing support programs and procedures for accreditation and maintenance of accreditation at Proficient Teacher for principals
  • monitoring the implementation of this policy across schools.

4.3 Supervisors are responsible for:

  • working collaboratively with the teacher to support the accreditation of early career teachers.

4.4 Teachers required to achieve accreditation at Proficient Teacher are responsible for:

  • understanding and completing the requirements of accreditation at Proficient Teacher
  • ensuring that they hold active accreditation with NESA at all times.

4. Monitoring and review

5.1 The Executive Director, Human Resources is responsible for monitoring the implementation of this policy and reviewing its effectiveness at least every three years.

5. Policy contact officer

6.1 Manager, Teacher Talent Programs, Human Resources 02 9836 9091

7. Implementation date

7.1 30 August 2005

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