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  • Change to endorsement of PD providers

    The approval criteria and processes for endorsing professional development providers are changing in 2017.

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  • More professional development providers for accredited teachers

    Fifty six professional development providers were newly endorsed or had their scope of endorsement broadened by the Quality Teaching Council (QTC) during its meeting on 16 November 2016.

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  • 2018 International Teacher Exchange program

    Applications for the 2018 Department of Education International Teacher Exchange program are open.

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  • Changes to teacher accreditation

    BOSTES is making changes to protect the teaching profession’s quality standards, reduce the administrative burden for most teachers, schools and professional learning providers and focus compliance monitoring activities where most needed.

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  • Notification to teachers of ceased accreditation 2016

    Teachers who have reached the end of their provisional or conditional accreditation period without achieving Proficient Teacher, will be informed on Wednesday 21 December that their accreditation will cease.

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  • Changes to suspension and revocation of teacher accreditation

    The rules for suspending or revoking a teacher’s accreditation are changing. From 2017, only the Education Standards Authority (currently BOSTES) will be able to suspend or revoke a teacher’s accreditation.

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  • More professional development providers for accredited teachers

    Twenty six professional development providers were newly endorsed or had their scope of endorsement broadened by the Quality Teaching Council (QTC) at its recent meeting.

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  • High quality early childhood learning assured with 7000 teachers accredited

    Minister for Early Childhood Education Leslie Williams has announced the accreditation of almost 7,000 NSW early childhood teachers, giving them the same professional recognition as schoolteachers.

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  • NSW Education Symposium 2016: BOSTES President's speech

    BOSTES President Tom Alegounarias addressed the NSW Education Symposium 2016 last Friday about building a culture of professional practice to create change in the classroom.

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  • Confirmation of details for pre-2004 teachers by independent schools

    Pre 2004 teacher accreditation information requested from independent schools by BOSTES

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  • Teaching children with health or well-being concerns – survey for teachers

    BOSTES has partnered with the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute to survey early childhood and primary teachers to gain insights into their experiences teaching children with health and/or wellbeing concerns, and interest in learning more about this im

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  • Free QTC Registered professional development webinars for teachers

    The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner is offering three free QTC Registered professional development webinars to teachers.

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  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education free webinar

    A free 60-minute webinar for teachers and teacher education students will focus on bringing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and perspectives into the classroom.

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  • Video: What makes a good teacher great?

    At the recent BOSTES ceremony celebrating NSW top teachers, we asked Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers “What makes a good teacher great?”

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  • Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers recognised

    BOSTES President Tom Alegounarias proudly recognised the first 151 NSW public, Catholic and independent school teachers to gain Lead or Highly Accomplished Teacher accreditation at a prestigious ceremony

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  • BOSTES 3 steps to accreditation for pre-2004 teachers

    Teachers employed in a NSW school before 1 October 2004 (pre-2004 teachers) will need to be accredited with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) to continue teaching beyond 2017.

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  • Free QTC Registered professional development webinars for teachers

    The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner is offering three free QTC Registered professional development webinars to teachers through its virtual classroom.

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  • Early childhood teachers should apply for accreditation now

    From 18 July it became mandatory for all NSW early childhood teachers to be accredited to work in an approved NSW early childhood service.

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  • Refresher Courses

    Teachers who are returning to the profession after an absence from teaching of five or more years or who are overseas trained and experienced and commencing teaching in NSW are required to complete at least 10 hours of Refresher Courses.

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  • More professional development providers for accredited teachers

    The following forty professional development providers were newly endorsed or had their scope of endorsement broadened by the Quality Teaching Council (QTC) at recent meetings

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  • Information sessions for casual teachers

    BOSTES will be hosting information sessions for casual and short-term temporary teachers working towards accreditation at Proficient Teacher in regional and metropolitan areas of NSW.

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  • BOSTES releases Learning Assessment report

    BOSTES has released the Learning Assessment report, which identifies how student and beginning teachers can best learn to use, analyse, interpret and develop assessment to evaluate student learning and modify teaching practice.

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  • Learning to Teach Primary Mathematics

    BOSTES has published a report on the quality of initial teacher education provider’s preparation of graduates to teach primary mathematics.

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  • STEM specialisations for primary teachers

    Future primary teachers will be able to train as specialists in mathematics or science and technology.

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  • The Professional Teachers Council

    The Professional Teachers Council (PTC) has recently launched a professional learning platform, PTCplus.

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  • Proficient Teacher accreditation: online submission of reports and evidence

    From Tuesday 26 April 2016 the process for Teacher Accreditation Authorities (TAAs) to submit Proficient Teacher accreditation decisions to BOSTES will be exclusively online.

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  • Information sessions for casual teachers

    BOSTES will be hosting information sessions for casual and short-term temporary teachers working towards accreditation at Proficient Teacher in regional and metropolitan areas of NSW.

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  • Teacher Accreditation eNEWS - now available

    The first 2016 issue of Teacher Accreditation eNews emailed Wednesday 24 February features articles on teacher accreditation, professional development, teacher education, tips and answers to frequently asked questions.

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  • Free QTC Registered professional development webinars for teachers

    The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner is offering three free QTC Registered professional development webinars to teachers.

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  • Online information sessions for teachers

    Online information sessions about accreditation for casuals and applying for Highly Accomplished/Lead Teacher Accreditation.

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  • Maintenance of Accreditation Reports move online

    Teachers will be able to submit their Maintenance of Accreditation Reports online from Monday 4 January 2016.

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  • Notification to teachers of ceased accreditation 2015

    Teachers who have reached the end of their provisional or conditional accreditation period without achieving Proficient Teacher, will be notified this week that their accreditation will cease on 18 December 2015

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  • Maintaining accurate records for NSW government teachers

    From January 2016, NSW government teachers will only need to update their accreditation and employment details in one location.

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  • Fantastic response to the NSW Teachers PD survey!

    BOSTES recently conducted a survey asking all NSW teachers about their experiences and preferences of professional development.

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  • More professional development providers for accredited teachers

    Twenty eight professional development providers were newly endorsed or had their scope of endorsement broadened by the Quality Teaching Council on the 25 November 2015 meeting.

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  • Evaluating QTC Registered Professional Development

    A key component of the maintenance of teacher accreditation is the evaluation of QTC Registered Professional Development courses.

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  • Register for an online information session: 2 December

    Registration is now open for this one-hour session for casual and short-term temporary teachers only.

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  • Extension to the NSW Teachers PD survey

    We are pleased to announce that the closing date for the survey has been extended to Monday 30 November 2015.

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  • Sydney Writers' Festival Children's events

    The Sydney Writers' Festival: 2015 Children's Festival of Moving Stories is currently hosting a number of events and activities that may be of interest to teachers.

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  • International Teacher Exchange Program

    Applications for the 2017 International Teacher Exchange program are now open.

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  • Register for online information sessions: 12 and 16 November

    Online information sessions about accreditation for casuals and applying for Highly Accomplished/Lead Teacher Accreditation are coming up.

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  • Have your say on professional development

    A reminder to complete the 2015 NSW Teachers Professional Development Survey if you haven't already.

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  • New regulatory process for the approval of TAAs

    From 1 January 2016, BOSTES will introduce a new regulatory framework for the approval of Teacher Accreditation Authorities (TAAs) for non-government schools and early childhood education centres.

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  • Update for teacher education students on the Literacy and Numeracy Test

    From 2016 teacher education students will need to have passed a literacy and numeracy test to start their final professional experience placement.

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  • TEACHER ACCREDITATION eNEWS - Issue 3 now available

    Issue 3 of Teacher Accreditation eNews was emailed on Tuesday 20 October, to subscribers including accredited teachers, early childhood teachers, education institutions and professional development providers.

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  • Voting in the 2015 Quality Teaching Council election

    Ballot papers for the 11 practising teacher/principal positions on the Quality Teaching Council (QTC) will be sent by the NSW Electoral Commission on Thursday 29 October.

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  • Great response to the NSW Teachers PD survey!

    Earlier this month BOSTES invited teachers to complete the 2015 NSW Teachers Professional Development Survey.

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  • Have your say!

    BOSTES invites you to complete the 2015 NSW Teachers Professional Development Survey.

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  • Online information sessions for teachers Term 4 2015

    Online information sessions update

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  • Piccoli urges brightest HSC students to teach

    Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli today encouraged high achieving HSC students to consider a career in teaching.

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  • 2015 QTC election nominations open

    To be eligible to stand for election, nominees should be an accredited teacher or accredited principal and be nominated by two accredited peers.

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  • More professional development providers for accredited teachers

    Twenty five professional development providers were newly endorsed or had their scope of endorsement broadened by the Quality Teaching Council (QTC) at its 2 September 2015 meeting.

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  • More professional development providers for accredited teachers

    Fourteen professional development providers were newly endorsed or had their scope of endorsement broadened by the Quality Teaching Council (QTC) at its 15 July 2015 meeting.

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  • Time for aspiring teachers to seek incentives

    Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli today reminded anyone with a passion for teaching that they have one month to apply for the 2016 teacher education scholarships and other incentives.

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  • National literacy and numeracy tests for NSW teacher education students

    BOSTES is working with the Australian Department of Education and Training to finalise the availability of the national literacy and numeracy tests for NSW teacher education students in 2016.

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  • Raising entry standards for teaching degrees

    Students sitting for this year’s HSC will need to achieve at least three Band 5 results, including one in English, to enrol in a teaching degree.

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  • Online information sessions for teachers update

    Online information sessions about accreditation for casuals and applying for Highly Accomplished/Lead Teacher Accreditation are coming up.

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  • Rural Teacher Exchange Program

    Applications are open for the Rural Teacher Exchange Program, which offers permanent Department of Education teachers the opportunity to spend 12 months working in another NSW public school in a totally different environment.

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  • Register to vote in the 2015 Quality Teaching Council election

    QTC elections will be held in the second half of 2015. Check your eligibility and register to vote.

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  • More professional development providers for accredited teachers

    14 professional development providers were newly endorsed or had their scope of endorsement broadened by the Quality Teaching Council (QTC) at its 22 April 2015 meeting.

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  • BOSTES launches Teacher Accreditation eNews

    The first issue of Teacher Accreditation eNews is out.

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  • Sydney Writers Festival

    The 2015 Sydney Writers Festival is offering teachers concession prices to attend some sessions, which can be recorded as Teacher Identified Professional Development.

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  • Online information sessions for teachers

    This year BOSTES will host a number of online information sessions for teachers.

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  • More professional development providers for accredited teachers

    Eight professional development providers were newly endorsed or had their scope of endorsement broadened by the Quality Teaching Council at its February meeting

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  • Premier’s Teacher Scholarships

    Applications are now open for the 2015 Premier's Teacher Scholarships to teachers from NSW government, Catholic or independent schools and TAFE NSW.

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  • New Proficient Teacher maintenance report examples available

    Download maintenance report examples, including teacher statements for each of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and BOSTES feedback about these statements.

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  • Focus on Maths, Science and Languages for Tomorrow’s Jobs

    The NSW Government is planning to retrain up to 320 public school teachers as specialists in maths and science.

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  • New Proficient Teacher Report Resources

    Two new resources are available to help teachers and supervisors prepare Proficient Teacher reports.

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  • Identifying QTC Registered Professional Development

    Help to identify QTC Registered PD that contributes towards maintaining your accreditation

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  • NSW welcomes focus on teacher standards

    Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli today welcomed the Commonwealth Government’s response to a review of teacher education.

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  • Teacher accreditation fees

    Teacher accreditation fees are due.

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  • Accreditation update

    From 5 January 2015 BOSTES became responsible for the accreditation of all NSW teachers.

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  • Great Teaching, Inspired Learning update

    BOSTES has recently published a series of reports on the quality of teacher education.

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  • Registered Professional Development Activities

    Over Term 1 a number of BOSTES endorsed providers will be running registered professional development conferences across a variety of focus areas.

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  • More professional development providers for accredited teachers

    Thirty seven professional development providers were newly endorsed or had their scope of endorsement broadened by the Quality Teaching Council at its 26 November 2014 meeting.

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  • NSW teacher accreditation fees now due

    Annual teacher accreditation fees are due on 31 January 2015 and can be paid online, by phone or by cheque.

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  • Simpler process for accrediting new and returning teachers

    From Monday 5 January 2015 new and returning teachers will apply directly to BOSTES for provisional or conditional accreditation.

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  • Great Teaching, Inspired Learning update

    Find out the latest about the NSW Government's Great Teaching, Inspired Learning (GTIL) reforms.

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  • Transition to Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - Proficient Teacher

    The transition to Proficient Teacher level of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers ends soon

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  • Notification to teachers of ceased accreditation

    Teachers who have reached the end of their provisional or conditional accreditation period without achieving Proficient Teacher are no longer eligible to teach.

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  • Accrediting pre-2004 school and early childhood teachers

    Accreditation requirements will be rolled out for all NSW teachers over the next three years.

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  • Raising university entry standards for future teachers

    From 2016, prospective students will need to meet increased academic standards to be offered a place in a NSW accredited undergraduate teaching degree.

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  • More endorsed professional development providers for accredited teachers

    Seven professional development providers were newly endorsed or had their scope of endorsement broadened by the Quality Teaching Council at its 10 September 2014 meeting.

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  • New evidence guides for Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

    New evidence guides for the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher levels are now available.

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  • Registered Professional Development conferences

    Over Term 4, a number of BOSTES endorsed providers will be running Registered Professional Development conferences.

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  • Overdue Accreditation Requirements

    Following a review of accreditation records, BOSTES has contacted provisionally or conditionally accredited teachers whose Proficient Teacher / Professional Competence Accreditation Reports were due before 1 June 2014.

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  • 75,000 NSW teachers to be accredited

    The NSW Government wants all teachers to be accredited by the end of 2017 and has introduced legislation to make it mandatory.

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  • Evaluating Registered Professional Development

    A key component of the maintenance of teacher accreditation is the evaluation of BOSTES Registered Professional Development courses.

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  • Teacher accreditation video success stories now online

    A series of five success story videos have been produced to help teachers and principals understand and meet BOSTES teacher accreditation requirements.

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  • Recognising outstanding teaching practice

    More than 120 teachers from NSW Government, Catholic and independent schools have now achieved Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher Accreditation.

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  • Still using the NSW Standards for teacher accreditation?

    Teachers currently working towards accreditation using the NSW Standards must finalise the process before the end of Term 4, 2014.

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  • Visual Arts HSC Practical Marking Development day

    The day will provide an opportunity for visual arts teachers to learn skills to assist them in preparing their students for the practical component of the HSC examination.

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  • More professional development providers for accredited teachers

    Eleven professional development providers were newly endorsed or had their scope of endorsement broadened by the Quality Teaching Council at its 23 July meeting.

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  • Professional development for secondary school teachers

    During Term 3 a number of BOSTES endorsed providers have professional development courses available to secondary school teachers.

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  • Professional development for primary school teachers

    Over Term 3 a number of BOSTES endorsed providers have professional development available to all primary school teachers.

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  • BOSTES submission to review of teacher education

    BOSTES has made a submission to the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group convened by the Federal government.

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  • Online account now available

    You are now able to log in to and update your BOSTES teacher accreditation account.

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  • More professional development providers for accredited teachers

    Nine professional development providers were newly endorsed or had their scope of endorsement broadened by the Quality Teaching Council at its 28 May meeting including

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  • Literacy and numeracy tests and professional experience framework for future teachers

    The Minister for Education, the Hon. MP Adrian Piccoli has announced the introduction of literacy and numeracy tests for teacher education students and the release of a framework for coordinating the professional experience these students undertake in NSW

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  • Great feedback about new teacher accreditation website

    Teachers, TAAs and principals have provided some great feedback about the new BOSTES teacher accreditation website launched two weeks ago.

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  • New BOSTES teacher accreditation website

    The Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards has launched the new teacher accreditation website (previously the NSW Institute of Teachers website)

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  • Recognition of completed postgraduate, further undergraduate or TAFE study or Vocational Education and Training (VET) retraining

    Teachers maintaining their accreditation can apply to have postgraduate and further undergraduate study recognised as professional development

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  • Increased choice in training providers for accredited teachers

    14 professional development providers were newly endorsed or had their scope of endorsement broadened by the Quality Teaching Council at its19th March 2014 meeting

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  • Teaching overseas

    Before seeking employment overseas, teachers need to check the accreditation or registration requirements for their destination country.

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  • Quality Teaching Council meets for the first time

    The first meeting of the Quality Teaching Council (QTC) was held on 19 March 2014.

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  • 10 new teacher accreditation external observers trained

    Congratulations to 10 teachers from Government, Catholic and Independent schools, who completed the two day External Observer training from 27 to 28 February.

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  • Who logs, evaluates and validates Proficient Teacher professional development?

    To maintain Proficient Teacher accreditation, teachers must complete at least 100 hours of professional development (PD) over five years (if full time) or seven years (if part time or casual).

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  • Why should I login to my teacher accreditation account?

    Regularly logging in to your online account helps you keep track of your accreditation details and requirements.

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  • 2014 teacher accreditation fee

    2014 teacher accreditation fees were due on 31 January 2014. If you have not yet paid your invoice, you must pay by 28 February 2014 or your accreditation status may be affected.

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  • How to get interstate teacher registration recognised in NSW

    If you are a teacher from interstate and want to teach in NSW, you need to be accredited with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES).

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  • Back to school teacher accreditation questions answered

    Here are the answers to some common questions teachers are asking this week.

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  • 5 tips for completing professional development requirements for Proficient Teacher accreditation

    Read our tips to help you complete your professional development requirements.

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  • Increased choice in training providers for accredited teachers

    Accredited teachers are required to maintain their currency and skills through ongoing professional development, including completing courses delivered by endorsed training providers.

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  • 5 tips for seeking Proficient Teacher accreditation

    Read our practical advice to help you with the application process for Proficient Teacher Accreditation.

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  • Considering seeking a higher level of accreditation?

    The start of the year is proving to be popular for enquiries from teachers who are thinking about their career goals and considering seeking voluntary Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher Accreditation.

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  • 2012 - 2013 Annual Report now available

    The NSW Institute of Teachers Annual Report 2012-2013 highlights the development of the Great Teaching, Inspired Learning (GTIL) – A Blueprint for Action as a key achievement.

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  • Minister announces new body for education and teaching standards

    Minister Piccoli announced on 24 September 2013 the amalgamation of the NSW Institute of Teachers and the NSW Board of Studies to create the new Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards. The change is expected to take place early next year.

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  • Consultation Paper regarding GTIL Reform 10.1 – Proposal to accredit all NSW teachers through the NSW Institute of Teachers

    The NSW Institute of Teachers has sent out an invitation to stakeholders for consultation on the implementation of the Great Teaching, Inspired Learning Reform 10.1. This reform outlines that “Legislation and policy will be amended to bring all

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  • Great Teaching, Inspired Learning - Implementation Update - August 2013

    Today Minister Piccoli released the Government’s first update on achievements under Great Teaching, Inspired Learning.

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  • Changes to Teacher Reward Payments

    The Gonski reform has been agreed to by the Commonwealth and NSW governments. As such, the Institute has been advised that Rewards for Great Teachers payments under National Partnerships funding will conclude at the end of 2013.

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  • Chief Executive arrangements

    The Hon Adrian Piccoli MP, Minister for Education has appointed Ms Carol Taylor to act as Chief Executive for 3 months following the resignation of Ms Kate O’Donnell.

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  • Draft Evidence Guide for Accreditation at Proficient Teacher

    We have developed a draft Evidence Guide to provide information about the kinds of evidence that can demonstrate Proficient Teacher Standards. We welcome feedback so that a finalised Guide can be published by the end of July.

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  • First NSW initial teacher education program accredited under new national system

    The Hon Adrian Piccoli MP, Minister for Education recently approved the Master of Teaching in Secondary Education offered by the University of Technology, Sydney after an assessment by a NSW accreditation panel of teachers and teacher educators.

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  • Result of Election of Government Primary School Principal Representative to the QTC

    On 30 April, the NSW Electoral Commissioner declared Ms Margaret Charlton elected unopposed to the vacant position.

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  • Issues with Internet Explorer 10

    If you are running Windows 8 or have Windows 7 and have recently updated your Internet Explorer Browser to 10, you may experience “Input string is not in the correct form” when using this browser to access our web portal.

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  • Additional way to pay your accreditation fees

    You can now pay your accreditation fee by credit card! You can pay: Online through your Institute account or Over the phone - call 1300 885 175. You will need your payment details.

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  • Accreditation Matters

    Accreditation Matters provides information about the latest updates to accreditation policies and procedures at the NSW Institute of Teachers. This issue of Accreditation Matters provides information about changes to professional development policy.

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  • AITSL trial of items for self-assessment tool

    The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) is trialling items for a new online teacher self-assessment tool (SAT).

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  • The National Professional Standards for Teachers

    The Minister for Education has approved the National Professional Standards for Teachers for use in all NSW schools from 1 October 2012.

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  • Great Teaching, Inspired Learning

    The NSW Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli MP has released a Discussion Paper to stimulate discussion about how NSW can develop and retain great teachers.

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  • Voluntary Accreditation at Professional Competence

    If you are a teacher who began teaching before 1 October 2004, you may wish have your skills, practice and expertise recognised by the teaching profession by seeking accreditation at Professional Competence.

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  • Applications for endorsement of Professional Development Providers - Professional Accomplishment or Professional Leadership

    Interested providers can now apply for endorsement to provide Institute Registered professional development at Professional Accomplishment or Professional Leadership.

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  • Fee Reminder for Accredited Teachers

    Your annual fee was due on the 27 January, 2012. Please pay immediately if you have not paid your annual fee.

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  • Update your details!

    Now is the time to log on to your Institute portal and change your details! Over the holidays, some exciting events may have occurred in your life, for example, you may have moved house or changed your name or moved employers or changed schools.

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  • EXTENDED: Invitation to apply for membership of the Moderating and Consistency Committee

    Interested in joining the Moderating and Consistency Committee or advising as a Teaching Expert?

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  • Approved programs of Initial Teacher Education in NSW and ACT – Updated!

    The Institute assures both the profession and the community of the quality of initial teacher education programs through the assessment and approval of these programs. An updated list of approved programs can be found here.

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  • Teachers seek higher level accreditation

    Almost one thousand preliminary applications at the levels of Professional Accomplishment or Professional Leadership have now been assessed by the Institute.

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  • Professional Competence Teachers

    To find out how to evaluate Institute Registered professional development please click here.

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  • June edition of Inside Teaching now available

    The NSW Institute of Teachers is a member of ATRA (Australasian Teacher Regulatory Authorities) which is the national body for all State and Territory teacher regulatory bodies.

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  • Launch of the National Professional Standards for Teachers

    The National Professional Standards for Teachers were released today by the Chair of the Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA), Victorian Education Minister the Hon Martin Dixon.

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  • Teachers who are due to achieve Professional Competence in 2011

    The Institute has recently written to all teachers whose maximum period to achieve accreditation at Professional Competence is due to end in 2011.

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  • Teacher Quality and the National Partnerships

    The Teacher Quality component of the Smarter Schools National Partnerships has been announced...

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  • Accreditation Fee - Reminder Notice!

    We recently sent out reminder notices for unpaid fees to accredited teachers...

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  • Teacher Accounts - Quick Login Now Available!

    A direct link to the teacher accounts login is now available on the homepage...

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  • Policy for English Language Testing

    The Minister has recently approved the Policy for English Language Testing of New Scheme Teachers for Provisional and Conditional Accreditation...

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  • Accreditation at Professional Competence

    A new report template has been released...

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  • Accreditation at Professional Competence - Casual Teachers Support Materials

    The NSW Institute of Teachers is aware that the majority of new scheme teachers commence their teaching career in either a casual, temporary or part-time capacity...

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  • External Assessor Training

    The NSW Institute of Teachers is seeking a new round of applications from interested teachers to train as external assessors

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  • Login for Accredited Teachers Now Available

    All accredited teachers can now go online

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  • WANTED! Feedback from new scheme teachers -

    If you’re a new scheme teacher, you may have finished your accreditation process or be in the middle of the process. Whatever stage you’re at - we would like your feedback!

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