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

States the department’s policy for the voluntary accreditation of teachers at Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher career stage 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

2019 Oct 28 - Minor updates including contact details.

Document history

Version 3: Updated to reflect changes to delegation of responsibility as Teacher Accreditation Authority at Highly Accomplished and Lead to Directors, Public Schools NSW (2017)

Version 2: Updated to reflect changes to teacher accreditation at Highly Accomplished and Lead (2015)

Superseded documents

Accreditation of Teachers at Professional Accomplishment and Professional Leadership in NSW Government Schools Policy (2015);
Accreditation at Highly Accomplished Teacher and Lead Teacher in NSW Government Schools (2017)

  1. Policy statement
    1. The department supports teachers seeking voluntary accreditation at the career stages of Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher. The department works with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) 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.
    2. Teachers must have achieved mandatory accreditation at the level of Proficient Teacher before applying for voluntary accreditation at Highly Accomplished 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 or Lead Teacher.
    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 annual performance reviews.
    4. The Secretary has delegated the responsibility of Teacher Accreditation Authority at the Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher career stages to directors, educational leadership, who make the accreditation decision.
  2. Audience and applicability
    1. The policy and procedures apply to all staff in NSW public schools participating in the accreditation and maintenance processes of teachers at the Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher.
  3. Context
    1. This policy is to be read in conjunction with:
  4. Responsibilities and delegations
    1. Directors, educational leadership are delegated as the Teacher Accreditation Authority at Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher for teachers in public schools.

      Directors
      are responsible for:
      • making final accreditation decisions at these levels
      • communicating with NESA regarding teachers’ accreditation submissions
      • implementing this policy in the school and reporting as required to their Executive Director, School Performance.
    2. 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 accreditation career stage of Proficient Teacher.

      Teachers are responsible for ensuring that they maintain their current level of accreditation while participating in the higher level accreditation process.
    3. Principals or line managers are responsible for:
      • holding discussions with the teacher about undertaking accreditation
      • supporting the teacher
      • acting as a referee.
  5. Monitoring and review
    1. The Executive Director, Human Resources monitors the implementation of this policy, regularly reviews its contents to ensure relevance and accuracy, and updates it as needed.
  6. Contact
    Director, Talent Management
    accreditation@det.nsw.edu.au
    02 7814 3820
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