Teachers demonstrate their achievement at this stage by collecting documentary evidence against all 37 Standard Descriptors at the Lead teacher stage.
Three forms of evidence are required:
- annotated documentary evidence (including two observation reports one of which must be by the principal)
- reports from a minimum of three referees and a maximum of eight (including the principal, a teacher colleague and a teacher who has received professional support)
- a report based on the external observation (three sessions of practice will be observed with the candidate teaching students in two of the sessions).
The teacher develops their application online through the NESA website and can add to their application over time.
At the Lead teacher stage, teachers also need to complete a Lead initiative. This initiative needs to link to the School Plan or Department priorities and take place over a period of six months or more.
Teachers need to discuss their Lead Initiative with the principal and seek their support. A statement about the Lead Initiative is included in the teacher's annotated documentary evidence. One referee needs to refer to this Lead Initiative and its impact in their report.