Teaching and School Leadership

An effective classroom teacher is critical to the future of young Australians. Research shows that teachers have the greatest in-school influence on student engagement and achievement. School leadership is second.

The Australian Government appreciates the complex role of the teaching profession and the significant responsibility teachers have in preparing children to lead successful and productive lives. Along with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), the Government is committed to improving the quality and status of teachers.

Significant progress has been made on implementing the Government 's response to the recommendations of the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group report, Action Now – Classroom Ready Teachers. This includes the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students.

The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (the teacher standards) and the Australian Professional Standard for Principals (the principal standard) have also been important milestones in defining what quality means in the profession.

All states and territories now require teachers to meet teacher standards to be able to register, with some referencing the teacher standards in the professional learning requirements for teachers, and others linking salary to the certification of teachers at the Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher.

The Government supports alternative pathways including through the recently announced High Achieving Teachers Program. Alternative pathways broaden the entry points into teaching and can help spread quality teachers across the system by placing them in schools that need them most. Providers selected under the High Achieving Teachers Program will recruit, select and place participants into schools in response to identified teacher workforce challenges. Alternative pathways into teaching include the Teach for Australia program.

School leadership

School leaders are working in increasingly complex and challenging environments. The role of the school principal has changed significantly over the past 20 years. As part of the Australian Government 's commitment to support school leaders throughout their careers, AITSL has been asked to develop a national school leadership development framework. This framework will provide national consistency in getting new principals ready for the job and through a new national pre-appointment principal certification process.

Research

To address teacher shortages and areas of need, the Australian Government also undertakes research and develops policy.

While some teacher workforce data is available, the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group report recommended better data collection at the national level. The Australian Teacher Workforce Data  (ATWD) collection will provide the first ever national, whole-of-life picture of the teacher workforce, from those entering initial teacher education through to retirement.

It is increasingly important to improve our understanding of the impact teachers can have on student outcomes and how they can use this information to improve their teaching. The Government commissioned two pieces of research—Teacher Effectiveness Systems, Frameworks and Measures: A Review and Investigating the Key Characteristics of Effective Teachers: A Systematic Review to build understanding of approaches to teacher evaluation.

Resources

The following is a list of all the resources that are associated with Teaching and School Leadership.

Results

  1. 2015 Australian Awards for University Teaching Assessment Report

    Created: 3 August 2016

    AAUT 2015 assessment report

  2. 2015 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning Assessment Report

    Created: 3 August 2016

    Citations assessment report 2015

  3. 2016 citation recipients

    Created: 13 September 2016

    2016 citation recipients

  4. 2017 Australian Awards for University Teaching Program Information and Nomination Instructions

    Created: 20 January 2017

    This document provides an overview of the Australian Awards for University Teaching and includes relevant program information for nominating institutions.

  5. ALTC Project Evaluation Resource

    Created: 2 August 2016

    Project management resource

  6. Australian Principals Survey Reports 2016

    Created: 5 January 2018

    Summary reports of the Australian Principals Survey conducted in November 2016.

  7. Award Recipients 2012-2015

    Created: 28 June 2016

    Award Recipients 2012-2015 

  8. Characteristics of excellent teaching

    Created: 20 July 2016

    Awards nominations resource

  9. Evidence checklist for Teaching Awards

    Created: 20 July 2016

    Project management resource

  10. Fellows Funded by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching

    Created: 20 July 2016

    A list of OLT Fellows 2012-2016

  11. Future Ready: A student focused National Career Education Strategy

    Created: 11 February 2019

    Future Ready: A student focused National Career Education Strategy

  12. Future Ready: Research into incorporating career education into the Australian Curriculum

    Created: 12 February 2019

    Future Ready: Research into incorporating career education into the Australian Curriculum

  13. Innovation and Development and Seed Grants Funded by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching

    Created: 20 July 2016

    A list of Innovation and Development Grants 2012-2016

  14. List of 2012-2015 Citation Recipients for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

    Created: 3 August 2016

    All of the Citations recipients since 2012

  15. Nomination Form- 2017 Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning

    Created: 20 January 2017

    This form is required  to be completed by eligible institutions nominating for 2017 Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning.

  16. Nomination Form- 2017 Awards for Teaching Excellence

    Created: 20 January 2017

    This form is required to be completed by eligible institutions nominating for 2017 Awards for Teaching Excellence. 

  17. Nomination Form- 2017 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

    Created: 20 January 2017

    This form is required  to be completed by eligible institutions nominating for 2017 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

  18. Promotion of Excellence in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PELTHE) final reporting template

    Created: 20 July 2016

    Project reporting resource

  19. Promotion of Excellence in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PELTHE) Guidelines for final reporting

    Created: 20 July 2016

    Project reporting resource

  20. Promotion of Excellence in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PELTHE) Information for managing your project

    Created: 20 July 2016  |  Last modified: 12 August 2016

    Project management resource

  21. Promotion of Excellence in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PELTHE) Progress Reporting Guidance

    Created: 20 July 2016

    Project management resource

  22. Strategic Commissioned Projects Funded by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching

    Created: 20 July 2016

    A list of OLT Strategic Commissioned Projects 2012-2016

  23. Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group- Issues Paper

    Created: 28 February 2017

    Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group - Issues Paper

  24. The Impact Management Planning and Evaluation Ladder (IMPEL)

    Created: 2 August 2016

    Project management resource

  25. Writing an award-winning account of your teaching practice

    Created: 20 July 2016

    Project management resource