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The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers External Link provide a public statement of what constitutes teacher quality. The Standards define the work of teachers and make explicit the elements of high-quality, effective teaching in 21st century schools that result in improved educational outcomes for students.

Since 2014, the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (the Standards) have been used for registration purposes with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT). They inform the development of teachers' professional learning goals and can be used by teachers in Queensland state schools to recognise their current and developing capabilities, professional aspirations and achievements.

The Standards are used in conjunction with the Queensland State Schools Annual Performance Review process, leveraging off the department's Developing Performance Framework Adobe PDF document to offer an explicit frame through which Developing Performance planning and conversations occur.

The nationally consistent approach to teacher registration supports the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians Adobe PDF document External Link and the National Partnership on Improving Teacher Quality Adobe PDF document External Link and will increase mobility for Australian teachers. The Standards (formerly the National Professional Standards for Teachers) were endorsed by all Ministers for Education on 14 October 2011.

The Standards guide the preparation, support and development of teachers by articulating what teachers are expected to know and be able to do at four career stages. The stages reflect the continuum of a teacher's developing professional expertise. Registration is part of a wider framework for teachers career progression and professional learning.

The four career stages are:

For teacher registration purposes in Queensland, the Graduate Standards External Link are the benchmark for those applying for provisional registration. Teachers progressing to full registration or renewing their full registration must meet the Standards at the Proficient External Link level. Highly accomplished External Link and Lead External Link teacher stages offer an aspirational scope for teachers.

The QCT has developed single page overviews of the Australian Professional Standards for Graduate teachers Adobe PDF document External Link and Proficient teachers Adobe PDF document External Link. Principals have received a QCT External Link password to access a range of PowerPoints, presenter's guides, activities and other resources.

The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership External Link (AITSL) also has a range of resources available. They include:

AITSL's Illustrations of Practice videos are also now available on the Learning Place, allowing teachers to easily search for the professional practice resources that relate to their own learning areas and year levels.


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This page was last reviewed on 29 Oct 2015

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