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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 03 December 2018
Updated 08 August 2018

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 Diocesan schools.

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 ensure that Schools and Teachers meet their compliance requirements with Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW), the New South Wales, Education Standards Authority (NESA) and the Australian Education Act 2013.

1.0   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 Overview of Key Stages of Teacher Accreditation and Maintenance at Proficient
1.2 adhere to the Diocesan Assessment for Teacher Accreditation Procedure
1.3 adhere to the Diocesan Decision Making and Reporting for Teacher Accreditation Procedure
1.4 adhere to the Diocesan Teacher Accreditation Complaints and Grievances Procedure
1.5 adhere to the Diocesan Refusal to Accredit Procedure
     
PRINCIPALS MUST:
1.6 ascertain the accreditation level and accreditation status of each Teacher
1.7 participate in Diocesan 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 Diocesan 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 Teacher Accreditation Roles and Responsibilities
1.12 provide all teachers with the 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 Diocesan 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 Teacher according to the 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
     

2.0   CASUAL TEACHERS SEEKING ACCREDITATION AT PROFICIENT

SCHOOLS MUST:
2.1 adhere to the Diocesan Assessment for Teacher Accreditation Procedure
2.2 adhere to the Diocesan Decision Making and Reporting for Teacher Accreditation Procedure
2.3 adhere to the Diocesan Teacher Accreditation Complaints and Grievances Procedure
2.4 adhere to the Diocesan 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 Teacher Accreditation Roles and Responsibilities
     
CASUAL TEACHERS (SEEKING ACCREDITATION AT PROFICIENT THROUGH THE DIOCESAN TEACHER ACCREDITATION AUTHORITY) MUST:
2.7 establish a collaborative working relationship with a Diocesan 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 Diocesan 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 Overview of Key Stages of Teacher Accreditation and Maintenance at Proficient
       

3.0   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 Overview of Key Stages of Teacher Accreditation and Maintenance at Proficient
3.2 adhere to the Diocesan Maintenance of Accreditation at Proficient Procedure
3.3 adhere to the Diocesan Teacher Accreditation Complaints and Grievances Procedure
3.4 adhere to the Diocesan Suspension and Revocation of Accreditation Procedure
       
PRINCIPALS MUST:
3.5 ascertain the accreditation level and accreditation status of each Teacher
3.6 provide Teachers with the 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:
3.11 maintain Teacher Accreditation at Proficient according to the Overview of Key Stages of Accreditation and Maintenance at Proficient 
       

 

 

Implementation

TEACHER ACCREDITATION POLICY IMPLEMENTATION PLAN

POLICY RELEASE

  • The Teacher Accreditation Policy will be released to Principals at the Principals’ Policy workshops during Term
    • Personnel will consist of Principals and key CEO staff (including members of the Leadership and Professional Growth Team and the Senior Professional Officer: Education Policy)
    • Details include:
      • 1 May 2017 9.00am – 11.00am Ss Peter and Paul, Kiama
      • 1 May 2017 2.30pm – 4.30pm Catholic Education Office, Wollongong
      • 5 May 2017 9.00am – 11.00am St Paul’s, Camden
      • 5 May 2017 1.30pm – 3.30pm Campbelltown Catholic Club 
  • Additional Teacher Accreditation Policy Implementation support will be held in throughout Term 2 2017 on an individual school basis
  • Ongoing Policy Communication will be the responsibility of the school Principal or delegate and where appropriate in collaboration with the Leadership and Professional Growth Team personnel

POLICY IMPLEMENTATION

  • Schools will be expected to be working towards the full implementation of the Teacher Accreditation Policy and relevant Procedures specified in the Policy during the remainder of Term 2 2017
  • Full implementation of all Expectations for Schools and Teachers that are outlined in the Teacher Accreditation Policy will be expected by 30 June 2017
  • Full utilisation of all Procedures specified in the Teacher Accreditation Policy will be expected by 30 June 2017
  • Any school that determines they will not be able to implement all Expectations by the 30 June 2017 must contact the Senior Professional Officer: Education Policy
  • Schools’ compliance to the Policy expectations will occur through the Diocesan Compliance processes
  • 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 December 2018

POLICY PUBLICATION

  • The Teacher Accreditation Policy and Procedures will be 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 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/8658b2fa-62d3-40ca-a8d9-02309a2c67a1/australian-professional-standards-teachers.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CVID

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

Evidence Guide for the Proficient Teacher Standards
https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/wcm/connect/84c181d8-ac08-4758-8c5b-7f60ea336a71/NESA+Proficient+Teacher+-+Evidence+Guide.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=

Accreditation Report for Proficient Teacher
https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/wcm/connect/80710d7e-d255-42af-9cdf-08ecf30b5604/Accreditation-Report-for-Proficient-Teacher.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/ccf39e42-417a-4838-a303-5b19df3225b8/taa-guidelines-draft-as-at-february-2018.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CVID=