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Inside Teaching : June 2010
professional teachers teacher identification learning undertaken pre-service levels national capabilities expectations higher appraisal provide guide accreditation registration expertise recognition courses performance continuum work areas consistent education standards basis nationally valid form reliable professional meet initial fair ongoing Inside Teaching | June 2010 PROFESSION 16 In March 2010, the draft National Professional Standards for Teachers were released for consultation by the Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA). The development of the draft standards was managed by the National Standards Sub-group, chaired by Peter Dawkins, Secretary of the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, under direction from MCEECDYA. The consultation process which concluded on 21 May 2010, provided an opportunity for members of the teaching profession and the wider education community to help shape the directions of the profession and contribute to improving educational opportunities for Australian students. What are the professional standards? The draft Standards set out what teachers should know and be able to do across the domains of professional knowledge, professional practice and professional engagement at four levels: graduate, proficient, highly accomplished and lead teacher. They make explicit, for those within and outside the profession, the knowledge, skills and dispositions required of teachers at each level. Why national professional standards? The National Professional Standards for Teachers will provide a continuum of capabilities and expectations for teachers to guide ongoing professional learning and a nationally consistent basis for valid, fair and reliable identification and recognition of the teachers who meet them. Consultation on new national professional standards for teachers closed last month. What happens next? SHAUN ROHRLACH from the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership explains. What next for the profession? National professional standards