Professional leaders and employers
This section has information for professional leaders and employers in the teaching sector, to help them support certificated teachers. As a professional leader, you play a key role in ensuring the quality of the teaching profession remains high and that the community has confidence in their children's teachers.
Who is a professional leader?
Your role in supporting teachers
Your role in supporting teachers with a provisional practising certificate
What you need to know about Extension to Teach
What you need to know about Limited Authority to Teach
The Education Act defines a professional leader as:
- in the case of a school, the Principal
- in the case of an early childhood service, the Professional Leader
- in the case of any other educational institution, the Chief Executive or person occupying an equivalent position.
The Education Council has a legislative role to support the professional status of teachers and high quality teaching and learning through its mandated functions. We need your help to achieve this by ensuring all teachers are:
- holding a current practising certificate or authorisation before they begin their employment and that teaching positions within your institution are accurately identified
- engaged in professional learning and development and keep accurate records of this
- having regular performance appraisals, incorporating the Standards for the Teaching Profession, and keeping accurate records
- part of the Mandatory Reporting process (when there are concerns about a teacher's conduct or competence) and you handle these appropriately and report to the Education Council
- knowledgeable about the Council's Interim Policy for Registration, Practising Certificate and Limited Authority to Teach so you endorse a teacher to to be issued with a full practising certificate knowing their competencies and their ability to meet all of the Standards for the Teaching Profession
- supported with an appropriate induction and mentoring programme so they can be issued with a full practising certificate, in the case of those with a provisional practising certificate and subject to confirmation practising certificate.
As a professional leader or centre manager, you play a critical role in supporting teachers with a provisional practising certificate (PPC) and teachers with a subject to confirmation (STC) practising certificate.
A complete description of the processes and requirements involved can be found in Section Two, Part C of the Registration Policy
Here are the main points:
- Professional leaders are responsible for induction and mentoring programmes for PPCs and those holding a subject to confirmation practising certificate.
In overseeing the implementation of an induction and mentoring programme in your school or centre, it is important to:
- become familiar with and make use of the Guidelines for Induction and Mentoring and Mentor Teachers
- establish an appropriate induction and mentoring policy for all PPCs and teachers with STC certification
- ensure that all PPCs and teachers registered STC that you employ have access to an appropriate induction and mentoring programme and that they are formally evaluated and provided with appropriate feedback
- keep appropriate records of induction and mentoring programmes and of the progress made towards meeting the Standards for the Teaching Profession by all PPCs and teachers registered STC
- ensure that evidence is considered and discussed by appropriate colleagues, to endorse or not a teacher's EC20 application to be issued with a full practising certificate.
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