More national standards for teacher registration

A new national report recommends 17 measures to improve the registration of teachers. State and federal education ministers commissioned the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership to propose reforms, (CMM June 27), which build on a 2011framework.

Recommendations include:

* “national consistency” in assessing teachers in stages of the registration process

* “proficiency” as set out in national standards “includes up-to-date discipline-specific knowledge and skills relevant to their deployment and the curriculum they are expected to teach”

* all early childhood teachers be “registered by teacher regulatory authorities, under a consistent national approach

* strengthen relationships between pre-service teachers and teacher regulatory authorities early in initial teacher education programs

* a national on-line system of teacher registration information across jurisdictions, and portable registrations

* greater alignment between teacher registration and VET qualifications for teachers


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