Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL)

AITSL’s work supports the delivery of a world class education system in Australia in line with the Australian Government’s Students First policy.

AITSL provides national leadership for Commonwealth, state and territory governments in promoting excellence in:

  • Initial Teacher Education

  • School Leadership Engaging with the Profession.

Further information about AITSL is available at the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) website

Initial Teacher Education

Stemming from the recommendations of the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group (TEMAG) in driving improvement in the quality of initial teacher education, AITSL’s work will support the Government’s plans to lift the quality of and respect for the teaching profession in recognition of evidence that the quality of the teacher is the biggest in-school influence on student outcomes.

The 2015-16 Federal Budget provides $16.9 million over the next four years to help AITSL respond to the recommendations of TEMAG Report Action Now: Classroom Ready Teachers report.  This funding will also support the Government’s implementation of a literacy and numeracy test for initial teacher education students from 2015.

AITSL will play an important role in implementing key recommendations from the TEMAG report through the development of national approaches to improve teacher education programmes in Australia to ensure teaching graduates are classroom ready.

Further information is available at the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) website

School leadership

AITSL has developed Leadership Development Profiles to support the Australian Professional Standard for Principals.

The Profiles set out what principals are expected to know, understand and do to achieve their work. It recognises the leadership requirements that principals draw upon within their areas of professional practice.

Further information is available at the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) website

Teaching

AITSL provides accessible practical tools to teachers, promotes reflection, observation and feedback as strategies to improve performance and advises state and territory governments in implementing national priorities. AITSL has a strong track record in driving national reforms to support the teaching profession, such as the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and the Australian Teacher Performance and Development Framework.

Further information is available at the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) website

Nationally Consistent Registration of Teachers in Australia

In October 2011, Education Ministers endorsed a national framework for consistency in teacher registration. The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers were adopted as the basis for a national approach to teacher registration.

Although State and Territory regulatory authorities are responsible for implementing the national approach, AITSL is continuing to monitor and support its implementation.