Teacher registration review launched
“Those different life experiences could shake up Australia’s schools and add more depth to the talented teachers we have.”
THE Federal Government has launched a national review of teacher registration practices to tackle inconsistencies in systems across the country with a focus on early childhood teacher registration, vocational education, and new teacher transition.
Education and Training minister Simon Birmingham said the review had been endorsed by State and Territory ministers.
“Too many teachers report how they struggled making the jump from university to working in a school, and so the registration process should ensure classroom proficiency is attained,” Mr Birmingham said.
National Review of Teacher Registration chair Chris Wardlaw said the review would look at whether there was consistency in teacher registration processes across the country, including identifying examples of best practice, challenges, and barriers.
“We would especially urge teachers and principals to participate in the consultation process,” he said.
To boost the delivery of vocational education, the review would also explore
making it easier for people with other real-world skills to become teachers.
Mr Birmingham said former tradies or nurses as teachers would be especially beneficial for the teaching of vocational and trade skills.
“Those different life experiences could shake up Australia’s schools and add more depth to the talented teachers we have,” he said.
Australian Education Union federal president Correna Haythorpe said the review disrespected the teaching profession and could lower teaching standards.
“It is important to attract people with different skills and life experience into the teaching profession, there should be no fast track to becoming a teacher,” Ms Haythorpe said.
“Teaching is a complex and demanding role, and all teachers should be fully trained and qualified. Therefore if you want to be a teacher, then you need to do the training.”
Education and Training minister Simon Birmingham.