A general framework based on standards developed in collaboration with the profession, research based and verified should identify and support an integrated career structure for teachers.
The Ministerial Council of State and Federal Education Ministers (MCEETYA) has already proposed a National Framework for Standards including four career dimensions (Graduation, Competence, Accomplishment and Leadership) and describes the work of teachers through four categories(Professional Knowledge, Professional Practice, Professional Values and Professional Relationships.)
Based on the work of MCEETYA and the work in a number of jurisdictions in Australia to date, the IEUA believes that the following scaffold can be used to broadly describe the teaching career structure with an appropriate hierarchy of standards for each band.
- Pre-service teacher education
- Graduate teacher
- Competent teacher
- Accomplished teacher
The IEUA notes the work of a number of State registration authorities on standards including the Queensland College of Teachers, NSW Institute of Teachers and the Victorian Institute of Teachers. The IEUA supports the continuing work of the State registration authorities and believes that it will be possible in time to develop a Nationally Consistent set of standards to describe and identify teachers across the various teacher career bands.
The IEUA notes that a number of industrial models that recognize accomplished teachers, based on a standards-based assessment process, already exist around Australia. These schemes include the 3 Band Model in a number of NSW Independent Schools; the Level 3 Classroom Teacher in Western Australia; Teacher of Exemplary Practice in the Northern Territory; Experienced Teacher (Level 2) classification in Victorian Catholic schools, Advanced Skills Teacher in Queensland Catholic schools and Advanced Skills Teacher in South Australia.
These schemes were developed in negotiation with the relevant union and based on standards developed in collaboration with the profession.
The IEUA supports the ongoing development and trialling of such schemes and the cooperation between various jurisdictions to ensure that best-practice models are known and shared.
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