This year has seen the
implementation of a pilot program in Queensland for the assessment of teacher
quality to a nationally recognised standard (AITSL, 2017). The focus is to advance teacher quality
across Australia to improve student learning outcomes for all young people
(HALT, 2016). The Australian Institute
for Teaching and School Leadership (2017) states there that the process has
three primary purposes:
To recognise and promote quality teaching
Provide an opportunity for teachers to reflect on their
To provide a reliable indication of quality teaching
The new system
acknowledges teacher quality at four levels: graduate, proficient, highly
accomplished and lead. We are fortunate
to have a number of teachers from Atherton SHS participating in the trial which
will continue into next year, before full implementation across the state in
2019 to align with the rest of the Australia.
The process is rigorous and involves the submission of a portfolio,
including evidence, observations, annotations and referee statements; followed
by a visit in the school from an accredited assessor.
were over 500 applications across the state, and in the first cohort of
applicants, 9 teachers have gained Highly Accomplished (HAT) and 3 teachers
have gained Lead certification so far.
Mr Torsten Pluschke successfully attained Highly Accomplished status and
Mrs Carly Sopronick was certified at Lead level. Mr Roy McPherson awaits a site visit to
determine his achievement at Highly Accomplished. Across the road at Atherton SS, Mrs Tracey
Peden was also certified at a Lead level.
There are currently approximately 350 HAT and 50 Lead certified teachers
at these levels across Australia.