Teacher quality and accreditation
Excellence in teaching is one of the fundamental domains of the School Excellence Framework. Overwhelming evidence identifies the teacher as the most significant in-school influence on student learning outcomes. Improvement of teacher quality is, therefore, a crucial component of school improvement.
The following professional development initiatives to improve teacher quality are:
- underpinned by the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and
- informed by What works best: evidence based practices to help improve NSW student performance.
Professional development initiatives
- The Teaching standards in action resource is the department's centrepiece for promoting standards-based teaching practice across the profession.
- Strong start, great teachers is the department's framework to assist schools to provide quality school-based induction for beginning teachers.
- Schools, Educational Services Areas and State Office can develop and submit applications to have registered courses approved under the department's status as an endorsed provider of NESA registered professional development.
- Teachers can access information and support on the processes and requirements for the mandatory and voluntary levels of teacher accreditation through links to the NESA website and department policies and procedures.
- Supervising preservice teachers is an opportunity for professional growth and requires knowledge, skills and confidence. The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) has developed an interactive, self-directed online resource to support staff to supervise preservice teachers.