AITSL recently convened a TEMAG Forum in Canberra on September 14.
The Forum was attended by ACDE Board members, Professors Tania Aspland, John Williamson, Michele Simons, Christine Ure, Joanna Barbousas, Stephen Dobson, Peter Buckskin, Karen Swabey and Wayne Hawkins. Other attendees comprised senior CW/S/T Education Officials, Regulators, including AITSL Board and Staff, Professor Greg Craven AO and Minister Simon Birmingham.
The key points of the day are summarised below. AITSL is currently preparing more comprehensive advice for Minister Birmingham which will then be a matter for consideration by the Education Council.
TEMAG Forum – a day of constructive and robust discussion, which resulted in some very real outcomes, as well as clear points to follow up.
Encouraging that everyone agreed that relationships between schools and ITE providers are an important area for further work, including greater cooperation in the delivery of high quality professional experience placements, and also partnerships around induction and ongoing professional learning for teachers.
Progressed the national discussions around key elements of the teacher education reforms, including the teaching performance assessment, standard setting and evidence of impact, and achieving national consistency in the accreditation process. As a result of the discussions, AITSL is considering:
- How to ensure that comparability and benchmarking are built into the implementation of the teaching performance assessment;
- How standard setting processes can be used in panel decision making; and
- How a national evidence base of the learnings from evidence of impact data can be developed
This will include further action that can be undertaken to assure panel consistency and the expertise of panel members.
AITSL acknowledged the concerns voiced during the day about implementation issues including resourcing, achieving consistency when jurisdictions have their own policy priorities, and clear communication of expectations.
AITSL will continue to work with state and territory teacher regulatory authorities, teachers, school leaders, employers and initial teacher education providers to progress the directions identified at the Forum.
AITSL to reconvene the Forum participants next year to check in on further progress and make sure we’re on the right track.
Forum outcomes will be discussed through AITSL’s regular meetings and committees.