On 1 January 2010, and in the early stages of the TERRR Network project the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Learning (AITSL) came into being. One of AITSL’s first tasks was to assume responsibility for validating and finalising the National Professional Standards for Teachers (NPST) which had commenced by the National Standards Sub-group of the Australian Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs Senior Officials Committee (AEEYSOC) in 2009. AISTL completed the development of the NPST during 2010 and were endorsed by MCEECDYA in December of that year. The NPST are a major milestone for teaching and learning in Australia as the Standards that articulate a national approach to what teachers are expected to know and be able to do at four career stages: Graduate, Proficient, Highly Accomplished and Lead (AITSL, 2011). The TERRR Network acknowledged this important major initiative in Australian education by focusing the Training Framework and the Teacher Guides around the Standards.
The TERRR Network was also aware that AITSL is keen to develop supporting documentation for the NPST for the context of teaching in rural, regional and remote schools. Therefore, in addition to modelling the use of the Standards in the development of pre-service curriculum, the TERRR Network is supporting and supplementing the work of AITSL in providing documents that will assist graduates and proficient teachers to apply the Standards to their work in the rural, regional and remote context.
Download the National Professional Standards for Teachers – Graduate Level for the Rural, Regional and Remote Context: National Professional Standards.pdf
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