“The Professional Standards for Teachers in Western Australia were developed by the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia (TRBWA) and approved by the Minister for Education under section 20 of the Teacher Registration Act 2012 (Act). The purpose of the Professional Standards for Teachers in Western Australia is to detail the abilities, experience, knowledge or skills expected of registered teachers. The Professional Standards for Teachers in Western Australia are largely based on the National Professional Standards for Teachers which were developed under the auspices of the Ministerial Council on Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership and published in February 2011. In Western Australia, the National Standards require minor amendments to accommodate early childhood teachers working in child care settings as these teachers will be required to be registered with the Teacher Registration Board.” – TRB
As a teacher it is important to remain knowledgeable and up to date with the best current teaching practices and strategies available to them. This can be achieved through professional learning activities. Professional learning can include formal learning activities, such as workshops, seminars, online learning and school based development days or informal learning, such as professional reading, reflective writing and professional meetings.
It is important to aim to address both formal and informal learning activities over the three domains (Professional Knowledge, Professional Practice and Professional Engagement) and seven standards set by the Teacher Registration Board (TRB) of Western Australia and the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership. This is important, as being proficient in all seven standards across the three domains will result in continued professional development and in turn continued, improved student learning and success. A certain number of hours of professional learning need to be completed each year in order to keep a teaching registration active.
Keeping up to date with formal activities can be achieved through professional learning resources via a number of mediums:
- The Institute For Professional Learning
- The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership
- The Department of Education Online Professional Learning Portal
- SDERA – Resource for Health and Physical Education Teachers
- Cybersmart Outreach – Safety on the Internet
- PD21- IN2Class for ICT Development
- AITSL – Professional Growth Resources (PDF)
These resources provide excellent venues for formal professional learning readily available for all teachers. Again if teachers can address both formal and informal professional learning activities across the seven standards in conjunction with continued learning and development in the school environment and classroom, it can and will provide for continued student learning and greater student success.
Professional and knowledgeable teachers = Successful students.
A teacher aiming to transition from provisional registration to full registration needs to collect and retain evidence that demonstrates they meet the Australian professional standards for teachers in order to be successful in this transition.
The Australian professional standards for teachers can be demonstrated by showing knowledge and evidence of the three domains and seven standards listed below.
- Know students and how they learn
- Know the content and how to teach it
- Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
- Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
- Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning
- Engage in professional learning
- Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community