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Inside Teaching : April 2010
Editorial State of the nation The newly-established Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership has released for public consultation a set of teaching standards that specify the proficiency, skills and knowledge expected of graduate, proficient, highly accomplished and lead teachers in terms of subject content, pedagogy and professional development. It is expected the graduate and proficient levels will be tied to teacher registration or accreditation, while the highly accomplished and lead teacher levels will be voluntary. While the registration or accreditation of teachers remains a state or territory responsibility, Commonwealth, state and territory governments, through the Council of Australian Governments national partnership agreement on improving teacher quality, agreed in January 2009 to create a system of national accreditation of pre-service teacher education courses, national consistency in teacher registration and national consistency in the accreditation or certification of accomplished and leading teachers. Public consultation on the draft standards through state and territory authorities, or the Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs, closes on 21 May. LINKS: www.atra.edu.au or www.mceecdya.edu.au In Queensland, the Department of Education and Training’s $1.1 billion dollar public-private partnership (PPP) with the Aspire School consortium is well underway. The Aspire Schools consortium will design, build and maintain six new primary schools and one new high school. The new PPP schools include Bay View State School in Thornlands South and Peregian Springs State School, which opened this year, and Bellbird Park, Collingwood Park, East Coomera Downs and Bundilla State Schools as well as a new high school at Murrumba Downs, due for completion in 2011 or 2012. Welcome to the first edition of Inside Teaching, the professional journal of the Australasian Teacher Regulatory Authorities (ATRA). In keeping with the goal of ATRA to facilitate the cooperative and collaborative work of Australian and New Zealand teacher registration and accreditation authorities, Inside Teaching looks at the latest current research findings and addresses the issues facing the profession, with content by educators for educators that has hands-on, practical application, and offers new ideas and promotes reflection on practice. Put simply, Inside Teaching is the real deal. We’re confident that it will meet your needs – the needs of a highly-qualified, proficient and reputable teaching profession. To make sure of that, we want to hear from you and invite you to contact your state or territory ATRA member with your stories, ideas and feedback. In Western Australia, according to Education Minister Liz Constable, a new era in public education has begun. Referring to the state’s 34 new independent public schools, the Minister revealed that independent public schools principals have more autonomy, particularly in terms of recruitment. The WA Education Minister called for expressions of interest from schools keen to join the next intake of independent public schools, which close on 27 April. In election mode in South Australia, Opposition Leader Isobel Redmond and her shadow Education Minister David Pisoni announced a similar policy to develop a less-centralised education system, and promised to phase in ‘expanded local governance for those school communities desiring it,’ beginning with a trial in 30 schools in 2011. Also in election mode in Tasmania, Labor leader David Bartlett went to the polls with his controversial Tasmania Tomorrow restructure of Years 11 and 12 which involves replacing secondary colleges with a two-stream system of vocationally-oriented polytechnics and university-oriented academies for youngsters aiming for university entry. Liberal leader Will Hodgman promised he would scrap the two-stream system, returning to a business-as-usual model of secondary colleges, while maintaining vocational education and training courses in secondary colleges in line with the current Tasmania Tomorrow model. Hodgman also promised to make ‘public education fee again’ – or should that have been free again? The Greens 11th hour support for Labor means that the Tasmania Tomorrow program is probably safe – if the Labor-Green government hangs together. In Victoria, the Government School Performance Summary was launched quietly by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority last June, garnering much less attention than the My School website of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority launched in January.