This policy is current as at 23/03/2018 06:47am, AEDT. Please refer to policy library website (https://education.nsw.gov.au/policy-library) for an updated version.
This policy outlines the relevant academic qualifications teachers and head teachers must meet when applying for an advertised head teacher position in high or central schools.
The NSW Department of Education and Communities, NSW Secondary Principals’ Council and NSW Teachers Federation recognise the importance of curriculum head teachers and educational support head teachers having relevant academic qualifications to enhance their capacity to provide credible educational leadership.
The Head Teacher Eligibility Requirements Policy applies to all teachers and head teachers who apply for an advertised head teacher position in high or central schools.
Head Teachers are employed under the Teaching Service Act 1980. Procedures for the selection of Head Teachers are contained in Promotion and Transfer Procedures for School Teachers 2012 and the Selection Panel Procedures for School Teachers 2012.
It is the responsibility of Staffing Services when filling Head Teacher positions to ensure that the person offered the position meets the eligibility requirements for head teachers as outlined in this policy and accompanying implementation documents.
The Head Teacher Qualifications Committee is responsible for the assessment of equivalence in cases where applicants for head teacher positions do not satisfy the eligibility requirements as outlined in the general principles set out in the implementation documents. The Head Teacher Qualifications Committee will then make recommendations to the Director, Staffing Services.
The General Manager, Human Resources, or nominee, will monitor the implementation of the Head Teacher Eligibility Requirements Policy. This will include review with appropriate stakeholders and reporting on compliance as required.
Manager, School Staffing, Human Resources Directorate on (02) 9836 9742.
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