HALT Summit: Building Momentum with Australia's Expert Teachers

More than 300 expert teachers from across Australia gathering to be part of the sixth Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher (HALT) Summit.

The two-day event saw HALTs, senior representatives from systems, sectors, and regulatory authorities from across Australia come together in person and online. Together, attendees shared and explored bold concepts to build and sustain momentum in how we think, teach and lead.

Recognising the key role of school and educational leaders in identifying, supporting, and utilising the expertise of their teachers, this year we extended the invitation for leaders of HALTs to attend virtually. 

One of this year’s keynote speakers was Derek Scott, Principal of Haileybury and the Chair of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). Derek encouraged HALTs to become leaders and change agents not only within their schools, but also influence education policy including in initial teacher education.

Participants also worked with other leading educational thinkers, including:

  • Emeritus Laureate Professor John Hattie, Chair, AITSL.
  • Danielle Toon, Director, Evidence for Learning, Social Ventures Australia
  • Julie Sonnemann, former Deputy Program Director, Grattan Institute
  • John Cole, Highly Accomplished teacher, St John Paul II College, ACT
  • James Ellis, Lead teacher
  • Lisa Paul, Chair, Quality Initial Teacher Review panel and former Secretary, Federal Department of Education

There are 1025 teachers who have HALT certification, nationally, and this is growing. On the day after the Summit closed, NSW’s Minister for Education and Early Learning, Minister Mitchell, announced a commitment to increase NSW HALT numbers ten-fold to 2,500 by 2025. This really shows how we are Building Momentum!

Having more teachers certified at the Highly Accomplished and Lead teacher career stages isn’t just good for Australian students, but for the teaching profession as well. The more expert teachers we have, the more their colleagues have opportunities to learn, and the more the status of the teaching profession will grow.

Learn more about how to become a HALT.