Catholic Schools NSW has welcomed the Turnbull Government’s review of teacher registration requirements and says it hopes it will lead to more quality teachers without lowering national standards. Source: CSNSW.
Education and Training Minister Simon Birmingham commissioned the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) to review national teacher registration, with particular emphasis on vocational education and early learning teachers.
CSNSW Chief Executive Officer Dallas McInerney said it was always worthwhile to review the extent to which professional standards drive teacher quality nationally.
However, he warned against weakening requirements to enable more people to become teachers.
“New South Wales has the most rigorous requirements for vocational educational teachers in the country,” Mr McInerney said.
“Teachers delivering vocational education and training (VET) in NSW are expected to hold a teaching degree and a relevant VET qualification.
“As the largest non-government school system in Australia, Catholic schools want to ensure that the AITSL inquiry will enhance the quality of teaching in all schools without compromise.
“Although there is a shortage of qualified teachers in some vocational education courses, we do not support a lowering of registration standards.”
An expert panel met yesterday to begin the review, which will also look at the degree of national consistency in teacher registration processes across the country, including identifying examples of best practice, challenges and barriers.
In 2017, 31 per cent of Year 11 and 12 Catholic school students in NSW undertook one or more vocational educational and training courses.
Mr McInerney said CSNSW also supports a strengthening of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), which is being reviewed separately this year by the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training.
The AQF incorporates the qualifications from each education and training sector into a single national qualifications structure.
“This helps teachers qualified in one state or territory to work across borders in Australia.
“It may also assist students who move interstate during their VET studies.”