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Lead & Highly Accomplished Teacher Certification

 
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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 practice
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. 
There 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.
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Last reviewed 08 April 2020
Last updated 08 April 2020