SPC Media Release: New Standards for Graduate Teachers

The NSW SPC is broadly supportive of the launch of the Teacher Success Profile which sets new benchmarks for university graduates to be eligible for employment as teachers in NSW public schools.  The President of the SPC, Chris Presland, said the launch of the new policy is a reminder of the importance of quality teaching in our schools:

“Our public education system is world class and this is thanks to the incredibly high standards set by our teachers. The introduction of the new benchmarks for university graduates will ensure these high standards are maintained into the future.”

Mr. Presland also hoped the introduction of this policy encouraged broader discussion about the qualities needed to succeed in the teaching profession:

“I think every Australian can tell you about a teacher that shaped their life; the teacher who transforms the way you see the world and whose impact you never really forget. However, being a successful teacher is so much more than simply possessing detailed knowledge of a particular subject area. Indeed, just because you’re an expert in your field doesn’t mean that you will make a good teacher. Right now, in classrooms around NSW, teachers will be drawing on their emotional intelligence and practical expertise to inspire and challenge students. I think we often overlook the fact that it takes a special kind of person to be a teacher and to do it well.”

Mr. Presland said the new benchmarks also ensured graduates were aware of the clear criteria that must be satisfied to be considered potential public school teachers:

“Teaching is a big responsibility, but it is also an amazing privilege. The new employment standards reiterate the importance of quality teaching and I have no doubt that our next generation of teachers will be equipped with the emotional intelligence and intellectual curiosity to inspire NSW public school students.”


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