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Flawed accreditation system at mercy of employers

In late 2016, a flood of NSW accreditation cases arrived at the Union.

A theme was constant - Teacher Accreditation Authorities (TAAs) weren't taking their responsibilities seriously.

In 2015, the IEU worked hard to ensure the creation of the NSW Education Standards Authority's (NESA) TAA guidelines, the first document which outlined how a TAA should behave with regards to accreditation.

The hope was that some consistency of application of the Standards as well as monitoring of poor behaviour of some TAAs would be achieved. The whole accreditation system couldn't be changed to remove employers as TAAs, but at least now there were rules.

Not all TAAs behave poorly. Many will use accreditation in the way it is intended - to induct and mentor an early career teacher to full proficiency of their profession. The process was designed to assist our newest practitioners into a hard profession - it was not meant to make being a beginning teacher even harder. NESA does not want the process misused for punitive measures.

If you would like to read the union case studies on how the misapplication of accreditation can occur., be sure to check out the latest edition of January Newsmonth 2017.