As you will recall, CaSPA made important contributions to the recent National Review of Teacher Registration conducted by AITSL.
The Expert Committee today made public their report that included the following important recommendations:
Teacher employers maintain responsibility and strengthen their role in providing access for early career teachers to high quality induction and mentoring, to support their transition into the workplace and the profession.
Develop and implement a national strategy to ensure national consistency in the judgements made about whether teachers meet the Proficient career stage of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, in the provisional-to-full registration process
To support professional learning, amend the 2011 National Framework for Teacher Registration to:
require that along with a record of standards- referenced professional learning, teachers include reflections on this learning and its application
explicitly specify that maintenance of proficiency against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers includes up-to-date discipline-specific knowledge and skills relevant to their deployment and the curriculum they are expected to teach
explicitly state the option available for jurisdiction-based requirements to be applied in the professional learning undertaken by teachers
acknowledge that teachers will focus on areas in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers identified in their performance and development process.
Record the Highly Accomplished and Lead status of nationally certified teachers in teachers' registration records.
Require all early childhood teachers in Australia, regardless of their employment setting, to be registered by teacher regulatory authorities, under a consistent national approach.
Amend the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers to ensure their relevance and applicability to early childhood teachers.
Establish a national evidence base on alternative authorisation to teach, capturing data about the number and type of alternative authorisations granted over time.
Develop and implement strategies to strengthen relationships between pre-service teachers and teacher regulatory authorities early in initial teacher education programs, with a focus on the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and registration requirements.
Amend legislation and/or policies to require teacher regulatory authorities to share information between teacher regulatory authorities to strengthen children's safety and improve teacher workforce mobility.
Develop and implement an automated national information sharing platform and system that streamlines the sharing of teacher registration information, in real time, between teacher regulatory authorities to strengthen teacher workforce mobility, recognition, and children's safety.
Develop a national policy on suitability to teach, including considerations of 'fit and proper' to be implemented by all teacher regulatory authorities or other relevant bodies, using current instruments/ statements as a starting point.
For those interested, the full report is available for download: