NESA as sole teacher accreditation decision maker
Following release of the Public Register of teachers and more recently the NSW Teacher Accreditation Manual (TA Manual) NESA have now reached the third major milestone in Teacher Accreditation reforms.
From Tuesday 29 November, NESA will become the accreditation decision maker for all teachers in NSW. This important change means teachers from the three school sectors and early childhood services will have the same accreditation decision maker and a consistent process for the first time.
What will be different for teachers maintaining accreditation at all levels:
- A principal or service director will attest as to whether a teacher’s practice continues to meet the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
- Based on this attestation, NESA will make an accreditation decision.
- The new procedures will be more streamlined and clarify what a teacher needs to do.
What will be different for teachers working toward Proficient Teacher accreditation:
- Once teachers submit their Proficient Teacher evidence, a principal or service director will make a recommendation to NESA about whether their practice meets the Standards for Proficient Teacher.
- NESA is streamlining the Proficient Teacher accreditation process by replacing the supervisor report with a streamlined declaration about a teacher’s practice.
- A new online orientation course will better support teachers on their journey to Proficient Teacher accreditation.
There will be transition arrangements for teachers who have submitted accreditation applications but have not yet received an accreditation decision before 29 November 2022.
To ensure teachers know what is happening and why, NESA have updated online resources and will be distributing their cross sector e-newsletter My Accreditation to teachers on 29 November with links to the following updated information;
- TA reforms explainer video
- Information for teachers maintaining accreditation at all levels
- Information for teachers working toward Proficient Teacher accreditation
- Teachers who have submitted accreditation applications but have not yet received an accreditation decision before 29 November 2022.
Please visit the TA Reforms web page for a high level timeline and more information about the reforms.