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Plan and validate PD

Principals or nominated PD delegates can help teachers maintain their accreditation at all levels by supporting the planning of PD at the school and teacher level. You also need to ensure processes are in place in the school to validate Teacher Identified PD using the online teacher accreditation tool.

Things to consider

A teacher’s PD should reflect an overall professional learning objective that supports their goals and plans for maintaining accreditation against Standards. When planning PD, principals and PD delegates should:

  • Encourage feedback processes throughout the school to help teachers to identify their learning needs by determining student learning needs and school and system priorities.
  • Encourage teachers to understand the role of reflecting on and evaluating their PD as an active participant in their professional learning.

PD available in schools

Schools generally provide PD for teaching staff. This can be logged as Teacher Identified PD which includes relevant training, courses, workshops, action research, reflection activities, teacher observations and seminars etc which are not registered with the NESA (previously BOSTES). These activities are valuable as they allow for recognition of activities teachers may have found useful in addressing the Standard Descriptors. The activities may be informal or formal, collaborative or individual. Alternatively schools can choose to run a PD course delivered by a NESA Registered PD provider.

Finding approved PD courses

To support teachers, and help with accreditation, NESA endorses training providers who run courses that are in line with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. Training providers undergo a rigorous endorsement process to deliver NESA Registered courses.

To review a list of NESA Registered courses:

  1. Log in to the online account tool
  2. Go to Principal > Professional Development > Courses Lookup.

Schools can apply to become endorsed as a PD provider

Validating PD

Principals/PD delegates/TAA’s need to make sure that any Teacher Identified PD has been validated through their online account. This includes PD

  • organised by the school (that is non-registered),
  • examples of teachers choosing to reflect on their teaching practice
  • plan their professional learning
  • observe a colleague’s lesson
  • attend an presentation or seminar, for example at a Museum or Art Gallery.

Teachers accredited at the levels of Highly Accomplished Teacher and Lead Teacher have an additional requirement under Teacher Identified professional development to complete at least 20 hours of Professional Commitment activities. Professional Commitment refers to the responsibility of the teacher accredited at a higher level to support the professional development and practice of colleagues in a teacher’s school and wider community.

Examples of Professional Commitment activities are (the list is not exhaustive):

  • mentoring and/or coaching teachers, supervising pre-service teachers including interns
  • leading professional development, leading educational forums in the school, or professional teaching associations or networks
  • developing and implementing projects, including research in their school and the wider education community
  • writing for publications that contribute to professional knowledge and discussion for teachers.

What does validating PD mean?

When a teacher completes any PD (both NESA Registered and Teacher Identified) it must be recorded and also validated on the online account tool. Course providers validate NESA Registered PD (PD delivered by endorsed training providers), and TAAs, principals or PD delegates validate Teacher Identified PD, including Professional Commitment activities.

How do principals validate PD?

  • Log in to the online account tool
  • Click on either the ‘Principal, Delegate or TAA’ tab and select the ‘Professional Development’ box
  • To view any outstanding teacher entries click on the ‘Identified PD Approvals’ option. This will give you a list of Teacher Identified activities (including Professional Commitment activities) that need to be approved
  • After reading the information entered by teachers, you may click either 'yes' or 'no'. 'Yes' will validate the activity
  • Select submit when you have finished.

Please note that it is important that the teacher you are validating has up-to-date employment details that link to your school – otherwise their name will not be listed.

The School Principals, PD Delegates and TAA guide to PD (PDF 154 KB) provides information about the monitoring and validation of Teacher Identified PD.

What else do principals need to know about validating Proficient Teacher Accreditation?

Teachers who have been accredited at Proficient Teacher level need to participate in:

  • 50 hours of NESA Registered PD
  • 50 hours of either Teacher Identified PD and/or NESA Registered PD

This has to be achieved over a 5 year period if full time, or 7 years if casual or part-time teacher.

Teachers are also able to have any further undergraduate study or postgraduate study undertaken during their maintenance of accreditation period recognised by NESA. Teachers need to apply to NESA to have this study recognised.

Supervisors and principals can refer to the following resources for practical information:

The Advice for Maintaining Accreditation at Proficient Teacher level (PDF 656 KB) provides teachers and principals with information about the maintenance of accreditation requirements and guides teachers in the use of their online account.

Proficient Teacher — Principals guide to maintenance of accreditation (PDF 672 KB)  provides principals with information about maintenance of accreditation requirements and in the use of their online account for monitoring and verifying teacher PD.

What are the requirements for maintaining Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher Accreditation?

Teachers need to continue to demonstrate competent teaching practice. This is reflected in a report submitted at the end of each cycle, and complete at least 100 hours of PD over a set 5 year period for full time teachers and 7 years for part-time or casual teachers. These 100 hours may include:

  • at least 20 hours of NESA Registered PD find a course
  • at least 80 hours of Teacher Identified PD - of which 20 hours should consist of Professional Commitment activities.

Record PD

The 100 hours of professional development must also meet particular Standard Descriptors for Proficient Teacher from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

These include:

  • All descriptors in Standard 6
  • At least one descriptor from Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7.

Success story videos

See how other teachers and schools are approaching achieving teacher accreditation and planning professional development.

Tips for planning your PD

NSW teacher Kylie, along with her supervisor Michelle, from Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Parish School talks about successfully planning her professional development (duration: 3:08 minutes).

Read video transcript

More information

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