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Teacher Accreditation Policy

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DOCUMENT DETAILS

Document Owner Office of the Director
Approval Date 03 March 2017
Release Date 01 May 2017
Compliance Date 30 June 2017
Review Date 1 October 2023
Updated 19 April 2020

Version History
18 August 2019

19 April 2020

26 February 2021

 

  • Changes to NESA Maintenance requirements
  • New forms developed and embedded in Procedures
  • Updated CEDoW Maintenance of Accreditation at Proficient Procedure

 


introduction and context

INTRODUCTION

Education Policy in Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) is developed to support the implementation of consistent and comprehensive practices to guide quality Catholic learning and teaching in systemic schools in the Diocese of Wollongong.

Education Policy is developed within the context of documents and frameworks. These include:

CONTEXT

Teacher Accreditation means a teacher has met the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at one of the four career stages – Graduate, Proficient, Highly Accomplished and Lead.  Teacher Accreditation at Proficient is a mandatory process that supports quality teaching, recognises the invaluable role that teachers play in the community, helps develop teachers and contributes to improved student learning outcomes. 

This Policy applies to Teachers who are seeking accreditation at Proficient and those Teachers who are maintaining their accreditation status at Proficient. It outlines the requirements for evidence-based and procedurally fair Teacher Accreditation processes.

This Policy has been developed to support school staff to meet their compliance obligations according to Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW), the New South Wales, Education Standards Authority (NESA) and the Australian Education Act 2013.

EXPECTATIONS

It is expected that school staff will take all reasonable measures to comply with this Policy.

The Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) Teacher Accreditation Policy must be implemented in conjunction with the following policies where relevant:

1   TEACHERS SEEKING ACCREDITATION AT PROFICIENT

SCHOOLS MUST:
1.1 ensure that all Teachers are aware of their rights and responsibilities in relation to Teacher Accreditation according to the CEDoW Overview of Key Stages of Accreditation and Maintenance at Proficient
1.2 adhere to the CEDoW Assessment for Teacher Accreditation Procedure
1.3 adhere to the CEDoW Decision Making and Reporting for Teacher Accreditation Procedure
1.4 adhere to the CEDoW Teacher Accreditation Complaints and Grievances Procedure
1.5 adhere to the CEDoW Refusal to Accredit Procedure
     
PRINCIPALS MUST:
1.6 ascertain the accreditation level and accreditation status of each Teacher
1.7 participate in CEDoW Teacher Accreditation Principal Professional Learning relating to roles, assessment processes, evidence, maintenance and reports
1.8 ensure that school-based Teacher Accreditation processes mitigate against conflict of interest that may disadvantage any stakeholders including:
  1.8.1 actions that result in financial and personal gain
  1.8.2 use of family or close friends
  1.8.3 a pre-existing conflict in the professional relationship
1.9 register all Declarations of Conflict of Interests with the CEDoW Teacher Accreditation Authority (TAA) using the CEDoW Teacher Accreditation Declaration of Conflict of Interest
1.10 nominate the Assistant Principal and/or Middle Leader(s) to be the School’s Teacher Accreditation Supervisor(s) (TA Supervisor(s))
1.11 provide TA Supervisor(s) with the CEDoW Teacher Accreditation Roles and Responsibilities
1.12 provide all teachers with the CEDoW Teacher Accreditation Roles and Responsibilities
       
TEACHERS (SEEKING ACCREDITATION AT PROFICIENT) MUST:
1.13 register their intention to commence the Teacher Accreditation process via the CEDoW Employee Self Service portal (ESS)
1.14

participate in CEDoW Teacher Accreditation Online Orientation Program within the first three (3) months of commencing the Teacher Accreditation process

1.15 manage their progress towards mandatory accreditation at Proficient according to the CEDoW Overview of Key Stages of Accreditation and Maintenance at Proficient
1.16 declare to the Principal any actual, perceived or potential conflicts of interest that may affect the Teacher Accreditation process
     
returning TEACHERS (SEEKING immediate ACCREDITATION AT PROFICIENT) MUST:
1.17 contact the Teacher Accreditation Authority Authorised Delegate (TAA-AD) to determine their eligibility for immediate accreditation at Proficient
     

2   CASUAL TEACHERS SEEKING ACCREDITATION AT PROFICIENT

SCHOOLS MUST:
2.1 adhere to the CEDoW Assessment for Teacher Accreditation Procedure
2.2 adhere to the CEDoW Decision Making and Reporting for Teacher Accreditation Procedure
2.3 adhere to the CEDoW Teacher Accreditation Complaints and Grievances Procedure
2.4 adhere to the CEDoW Refusal to Accredit Procedure
       
PRINCIPALS MUST:
2.5 ascertain the accreditation level and accreditation status of each Casual Teacher identified on the NESA Accreditation Authority Schools and Teachers Report
2.6 provide Casual Teachers with the CEDoW Teacher Accreditation Roles and Responsibilities
     
CASUAL TEACHERS (SEEKING ACCREDITATION AT PROFICIENT THROUGH THE CEDoW TEACHER ACCREDITATION AUTHORITY) MUST:
2.7 establish a collaborative working relationship with a CEDoW Systemic Catholic school to support the collection of evidence including classroom observations and feedback
2.8 register their intention to commence the Teacher Accreditation process via the CEDoW Employee Self Service portal (ESS)
2.9 participate in CEDoW Teacher Accreditation Online Orientation Program within the first three (3) months of commencing the Teacher Accreditation process
2.10 manage their progress towards mandatory accreditation at Proficient according to the CEDoW Overview of Key Stages of Accreditation and Maintenance at Proficient
       

3   TEACHERS MAINTAINING ACCREDITATION AT PROFICIENT

SCHOOLS MUST:
3.1 ensure that all Teachers are aware of their rights and responsibilities in relation to Teacher Accreditation according to the CEDoW Overview of Key Stages of Accreditation and Maintenance at Proficient
3.2 adhere to the CEDoW Maintenance of Accreditation at Proficient Procedure
3.3 adhere to the CEDoW Teacher Accreditation Complaints and Grievances Procedure
3.4 adhere to the CEDoW Suspension and Revocation of Accreditation Procedure
       
PRINCIPALS MUST:
3.5 ascertain the accreditation level and accreditation status of each Teacher
3.6 provide all Teachers with the CEDoW Teacher Accreditation Roles and Responsibilities
3.7 support Teachers to access high quality professional learning aligned to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, within the context of the school's priorities and the individual Teacher's Performance and Development Plan (PDP)
3.8 ensure that all Teachers maintain Teacher Accreditation with the New South Wales, Education Standards Authority (NESA)
       
TEACHERS (MAINTAINING ACCREDITATION AT PROFICIENT) MUST:
3.9 maintain Teacher Accreditation at Proficient according to the CEDoW Overview of Key Stages of Accreditation and Maintenance at Proficient 
       

Implementation

TEACHER ACCREDITATION POLICY IMPLEMENTATION PLAN

POLICY RELEASE

  • The Teacher Accreditation Policy was released to Principals at the Principals’ Policy workshops during commencing 1 May 2017.
  • The Policy has been revised and amended based on changes advised by NESA to Teacher Accreditation policies and procedures

POLICY IMPLEMENTATION

  • Schools are expected to be meeting all requirements of the CEDoW Teacher Accreditation Policy and Procedures. 
  • Any school that determines they will not be able to implement all Expectations must contact the Senior Professional Officer: Education Policy
  • Schools’ compliance to the Policy expectations will occur through the Compliance processes conducted by the Catholic Education Office as the Teacher Accreditation Authority.
  • Additional Compliance processes may be utilised if there are concerns raised about the quality of Teacher Accreditation practices at the School, Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) or New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) levels

POLICY MONITORING

  • Personnel in Leadership and Professional Growth Team are responsible for providing advice to the Senior Professional Officer: Education Policy of any changes to compliance requirements. These requirements include those determined by CEDoW or NESA or any changes to Australian or State government legislation that impacts on the Expectations of the Policy or Procedures.
  • A formal evaluation process of the Teacher Accreditation Policy and Procedures will be conducted in October 2023.

POLICY PUBLICATION

  • The Teacher Accreditation Policy and Procedures is published on the CEDoW website under Education Policy. The Senior Professional Officer: Education Policy will be responsible for ensuring the Policy’s version currency and accuracy.
  • Schools should contact the Senior Professional Officer:Education Policy for any clarifications regarding the Teacher Accreditation Policy and Procedures
  • Schools should contact the Leadership and Professional Growth Team for support in the implementation of any aspects of the Policy.

LEGISLATION

Australian Education Act 2013  (Cth)
https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2018C00012

Education Act 1990  (NSW)
https://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/#/view/act/1990/8

Copyright Act 1968  (Cth)
https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2019C00042

RELATED LINKS

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST)
https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/wcm/connect/9ba4a706-221f-413c-843b-d5f390c2109f/australian-professional-standards-teachers.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CVID=

CEDoW Employee Self Service (ESS)
https://ess.dow.catholic.edu.au

Proficient Teacher Evidence Guide
https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/wcm/connect/84c181d8-ac08-4758-8c5b-7f60ea336a71/proficient-teacher-evidence-guide-2019.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CVID=

Proficient Teacher – Examples of Practice
https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/wcm/connect/de55f844-57d5-418b-9f62-96f31be98dda/NESA+Proficient+Teacher+-+Examples+of+Practice.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CVID=

Guidelines for the Regulation of Teacher Accreditation Authorities for Non-government Schools and Early Childhood Centres
https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/wcm/connect/7c56327d-6f3c-4175-baa5-3507b6f1806d/guidelines-teacher-accreditation-authorities.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CVID=

Support Materials

Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong Early Career Teacher (ECT) Support Site
https://sites.google.com/dow.catholic.edu.au/earlycareerteachers/home

POLICY SELF-ASSESSMENT

The Teacher Accreditation Policy Self-Assessment is provided to support schools in their implementation of all Policy expectations.
Download the Teacher Accreditation Policy Self-Assessment here [Download as a Word doc, or complete the self-assessment in Google doc format by selecting 'Open with Google Docs' then going to File > Make a Copy]