Shake-up to teacher registration
Shake-up to teacher registration
- The review of teacher registration in Australia aims to provide a consistent and rigorous focus on teacher quality.
- The key element in the terms of reference will consider how the current national registration framework will operate, including implementation, consistency, best practice, challenges and barriers.
- The report will soon be released to the Education Council.
The impending National Review of Teacher Registration report — to be released to the Education Council later in September — will look at teacher registration in Australia seeking processes are nationally consistent, rigorous and focus on teacher quality.
This review will help determine if teacher registration is doing the most it can to support teacher quality.
A key focus of the national review has been a broad consultation process with teachers, schools and unions, with emphasis on understanding and improving current arrangements for teacher registration within Australia.
Facilitated by the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), the review consists of a panel of education experts, including IEUA NSW/ACT Branch President Christine Wilkinson advocating for our sector.
What is the issue?
Announced on the back of an agreement by all Australian Education Ministers, the review is timely as the National Framework used to register teachers against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers has been in place since 2011.
The Terms of Reference for a National Review of Teacher Registration states that the review will consider:
- how all elements of the current national registration framework operate, including implementation, consistency, best practice, challenges and barriers;
- the extent to which the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Teacher Standards) drive teacher quality and how this could be strengthened;
- how to improve teacher registration arrangements in Australia, with a focus on:
- the current registration operating arrangements, and
- enhancements to better embed the Teacher Standards and strengthen teacher quality;
- how best to implement recommendations, considering legislative, regulatory, administrative and resourcing contexts;
- expected benefits and success measures for the implementation of the recommended reforms; and
- early childhood teacher registration, VET teacher registration, and the transition of initial teacher education students into the profession.
How will this review impact on teachers?
In Queensland, teacher registration is the responsibility of the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT).
Our union is represented on the QCT board.
A crucial point of difference between QCT and AITSL is there is no teacher union representation on the AITSL board.
Any move to a national registration of teachers must preserve the high standards set by the QCT for Queensland teacher registration requirements and not open a pathway for fast-track programmes such as Teach for Australia.
Our union supports mutual recognition processes that make it easier for teachers to move across states and territories; however, this should not diminish minimum registration requirements or standards of the teaching profession.
Any implementation of recommendations arising from the review should not see fees imposed on teachers or institutional levies on teacher registration authorities.