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.

Changes since previous version

May 2020 – minor text and edit update to implementation documents: Accreditation at Proficient Teacher Procedures and Maintenance of Accreditation at Proficient teacher, Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher procedures.

Superseded Documents

PD/2005/0165 Accreditation of Teachers in NSW Government Schools Policy
PD/2005/0165 Accreditation at Proficient Teacher in NSW Government Schools Policy

Document History

Reference to a new department maintenance procedural document and changes to position titles, governing authority name and nomenclature.

2/4/19 – amendment to phone and email contact information, addition of NESA Proficient Teacher Accreditation Policy to section 3. Context, and, addition of Proficient Teacher Accreditation Policy to related documents

20/2/19 – reference number changed to PD number.

18/2/19 – hyperlinks under Context 3.1 were broken and have been fixed and reference to implementation date removed as this is drawn from metadata.

6/2/19 – change to contact name, phone number and addition of an email address.

Version 6: Accreditation at Proficient Teacher procedures – Change to service requirements (revised August 2015).

Version 5: Amended to reflect delegation to principal as Teacher Accreditation Authority for accreditation at Proficient Teacher level (revised July 2015).

Version 4: Updated to reflect formation of Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards, streamlined procedures and revised delegations (revised February 2014).

Version 3: Responsibilities, delegations and process for the Maintenance of Accreditation at Professional Competence (revised February 2008).

Version 2: Responsibilities and delegations so far as management of internal review process and delegation to revoke accreditation (revised May 2007).

  1. Policy statement
    1. All teachers must meet the department’s requirements for employment and approval to teach in order to be employed in NSW public schools.
    2. The Teacher Accreditation Act 2004 and the Education Standards Authority Act 2013 require all teachers to be accredited as of 1 January 2018.
    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).
    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.
    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
    1. This policy applies to all staff in NSW public schools participating in the accreditation and maintenance processes of teachers at Proficient Teacher.
  3. Context
    1. This policy is to be read in conjunction with:
  4. Responsibilities and delegations
    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.
    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.
    3. Supervisors are responsible for:
      • working collaboratively with the teacher to support the accreditation of early career teachers.
    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.
  5. Monitoring and review
    1. The Executive Director, Human Resources is responsible for monitoring the implementation of this policy and reviewing its effectiveness at least every three years.
  6. Policy contact officer
    1. Teacher Talent Programs, Human Resources
      02 7814 3820
      accreditation@det.nsw.edu.au
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