The NSW Government’s Great Teaching, Inspired Learning – A Blueprint for Action included focussed on initiatives to improve for improve teacher quality and student learning outcomes in NSW schools.
Responding to research and feedback from extensive consultation with the community about teacher quality, the plan actions were to:
- better understand and share what makes an excellent teacher
- ensure beginning teachers are well suited and thoroughly prepared for the classroom
- make the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers central to delivering fair and accountable performance and accreditation processes and high quality professional development for all teachers
- ensure career pathways and improved support for school leaders.
Many factors come together to make inspired learning – factors both inside and outside the school gate. Once students are in our schools, however, their performance is most closely influenced by teacher quality.
Accreditation supports and encourages inspirational teaching, aimed at improving the achievements of NSW students
Initial teacher education
GTIL plan has actions to ensure students entering teaching degrees are strong academic achievers, with an aptitude for teaching and initiatives for providing teacher education students with high quality opportunities to practise their teaching skills in the classroom. In addition the quality of initial teacher education in NSW will be assessed in a number of agreed priority areas.
Find out more on Initial teacher education (link to future teachers – increased academic standards)
Entry into the profession
The plan actions aims to increase induction and mentoring support for beginning teachers and to require teachers returning to the profession to complete a refresher course.
Develop and maintain practice
The plan places the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the centre of reforms which will deliver fair and accountable performance and accreditation processes and high quality professional development for all NSW teachers.
Recognise and share outstanding practice
The plan includes actions to ensure career pathways and improved support for school leaders, including a requirement to formally demonstrate outstanding teaching practice. Initiatives for better understanding and sharing what makes an excellent teacher are also included.
Find out more on Higher Levels of accreditation and professional leadership