Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Professional Standards for teachers

The endorsement of professional standards for teachers that can guide professional learning, practice and engagement, facilitates the improvement of teacher quality and contributes positively to the public standing of the profession. The key elements of quality teaching are described in the Standards. They articulate what teachers are expected to know and be able to do at four career stages: GraduateProficientHighly Accomplished and Lead.

The Standards and their descriptors represent an analysis of effective, contemporary practice by teachers throughout Australia. Their development included a synthesis of the descriptions of teachers' knowledge, practice and professional engagement used by teacher accreditation and registration authorities, employers and professional associations. Each descriptor has been informed by teachers' understanding of what is required at different stages of their careers. An extensive validation process involving almost 6,000 teachers ensured that each descriptor was shaped by the profession.

The Standards support the Melbourne Declaration8 which describes aspirations for all young Australians for the next decade. This commits Australian Education Ministers to the specific educational goals that Australian schooling promotes equity and excellence and that all young Australians will become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens.9 'All Australian governments, universities, school sectors and individual schools have a responsibility to work together to support high quality teaching and school leadership, including by enhancing pre-service10 teacher education'.11

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“There is no doubt that these validated standards will be integral in informing the provision of quality pre-service and in-service programs. Practising teachers will be able to set personal professional benchmarks, and strategically target professional development opportunities to enhance their craft.”

— Mr Daryl Hanly, President, Catholic Secondary Principals Australia (CaSPA)

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