The NSW Government expects all teachers to be accredited by the end of 2017. Under the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards Act 2013 – it is mandatory that all NSW school teachers must be accredited under national standards.
The national accreditation model will mean full-time teachers must:
- undertake 100 hours of professional development over 5 years; and
- demonstrate that their professional practice continues to meet the Standards every 5 years.
Before 2013, only teachers who began teaching after October 2004 or who had taken a break from teaching of 5 years or more needed to be accredited. For teachers who started teaching before 2004, the accreditation process will recognise their experience and length of service.
Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli said the new regulations will improve the quality of teaching in classrooms across NSW.
“These changes are part of the NSW Government’s commitment to further improve the status of the profession and the quality of teaching in all NSW schools, which we outlined in our Great Teaching, Inspired Learning reforms”, Mr Piccoli said.
Over 60,000 NSW teachers are already accredited with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) under the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.