1 AITSL is funded by the Australian Government Australian Professional Standards for Teachers February 2011. Work on the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (the Standards ) commenced under the auspices of the Ministerial Council for education , Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA now the education Council) in 2009. Significant work was undertaken by the Australian Standards Sub-group of the Australian education , Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs Senior Officials Committee (AEEYSOC) during 2009-10.
2 The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) assumed responsibility for validating and finalising the Standards in July 2010. The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers were endorsed by MCEECDYA in December 2010. AITSL appreciates Ministers' commitment to quality teaching and to the National Partnership on Improving Teacher Quality, and looks forward to continuing work with them on these important national reforms. 2011 education Services Australia as the legal entity for the education Council. ISBN: 978-0-9871650-2-2.
3 education Services Australia, as the legal entity for the education Council owns the copyright in this publication. This publication or any part of it may be used freely only for non-profit education purposes provided the source is clearly acknowledged. The publication may not be sold or used for any other commercial purpose. Other than as permitted above or by the Copyright Act 1968 (Commonwealth), no part of this publication may be reproduced, stored, published, performed, communicated or adapted, regardless of the form or means (electronic, photocopying or otherwise), without the prior written permission of the copyright owner.
4 Address inquiries regarding copyright to: education Council, PO Box 202, Carlton South, VIC 3053, Australia. The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership was formed to provide national leadership for the Commonwealth, state and territory governments in promoting excellence in the profession of teaching and school leadership with funding provided by the Australian Government. Preamble The crucial role of the teacher though strikingly different in construct and context, [maintain] a strong focus on improving instruction The greatest resource in Australian Teachers share a significant responsibility in because of its direct impact upon student schools is our Teachers .
5 They account for preparing young people to lead successful and achievement'.7. productive lives. The Australian Professional the vast majority of expenditure in school Standards for Teachers (the Standards ) reflect and education and have the greatest impact build on national and international evidence that Professional Standards for on student learning, far outweighing the a teacher's effectiveness has a powerful impact Teachers impact of any other education program on students,1 with broad consensus that teacher Developing Professional Standards for Teachers or policy.
6 Quality is the single most important in-school that can guide Professional learning, practice and factor influencing student Effective engagement facilitates the improvement of teacher Teachers can be a source of inspiration and, equally quality and contributes positively to the public The Standards support the Melbourne Declaration,8. importantly, provide a dependable and consistent standing of the profession. The key elements of which describes aspirations for all young Australians influence on young people as they make choices quality teaching are described in the Standards .
7 For the next decade. This commits Australian about further education , work and life. They articulate what Teachers are expected to know education Ministers to the specific educational As stated in the National Partnership on Improving and be able to do at four career stages: Graduate, goals that Australian schooling promotes equity Teacher Quality3 and the Melbourne Declaration on Proficient, Highly Accomplished and Lead. and excellence and that all young Australians will Educational Goals for Young Australians,4 improving become successful learners, confident and creative The Standards and their descriptors represent an teacher quality is considered an essential reform individuals, and active and informed All analysis of effective, contemporary practice by as part of Australia's efforts to improve student Australian governments, universities, school sectors Teachers throughout Australia.
8 Their development attainment and ensure it has a world class system and individual schools have a responsibility to work included a synthesis of the descriptions of of education . The greatest resource in Australian together to support high-quality teaching and school Teachers ' knowledge, practice and Professional schools is our Teachers . They account for the vast leadership, including by enhancing pre-service10. engagement used by teacher accreditation and majority of expenditure in school education and teacher education '.11. registration authorities, employers and Professional have the greatest impact on student learning, far associations.
9 Each descriptor has been informed outweighing the impact of any other education by Teachers ' understanding of what is required program or policy'.5. at different stages of their careers. An extensive Internationally6 and locally, education systems are validation process involving almost 6,000 Teachers developing Professional Standards for Teachers ensured that each descriptor was shaped by the to attract, develop, recognise and retain quality profession. Teachers . High performing school systems, Australian Professional Standards for Teachers 1.
10 Purpose of the Standards The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers are a public statement of what constitutes teacher are organised into four career stages and guide quality. They define the work of Teachers and the preparation, support and development of make explicit the elements of high-quality, effective Teachers . The stages reflect the continuum of a teaching in 21st century schools that will improve teacher's developing Professional expertise from educational outcomes for students.