Teacher reg­is­tra­tion re­view launched

The Australian Education Reporter - - NEWS - EMMA DAVIES

“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.

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