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Teaching staff

Teaching staff of a registered non-government school must have the necessary experience and qualifications (having regard to accreditation under the Teacher Accreditation Act 2004 but without limiting such other matters as may be relevant).

The Teacher Accreditation Act 2004 provides a system of accreditation and recognition of teachers’ professional capacity against professional standards. Information about professional standards and teacher accreditation can be viewed on the BOSTES website www.bostes.nsw.edu.au

The teaching staff of a non-government school must have the necessary experience and qualifications having regard to accreditation under the Teacher Accreditation Act 2004.

In assessing a school’s compliance with this registration requirement the holistic capacity of a school’s teaching staff to deliver the curriculum for which the school is registered will also be considered by the BOSTES.

Relevantly to the BOSTES' requirements, Section 3A of the Teacher Accreditation Act 2004 defines 'teach' and 'teacher' as follows:

  1. 'teach' means to undertake duties in a school that include (but are not limited to):
    1. the direct delivery of courses of study that are designed to implement the curriculum and the responsibility for assessing student participation, performance and progress in those courses,
  2. A reference in this section to undertaking duties in a school is a reference to undertaking duties on the premises of a school in the course of providing services conducted by the school.
  3. 'teacher' means a person who is, or is to be, employed to undertake any duties referred to in subsection (1) (whether or not the person undertakes any other duties).

Section 3 of the Teacher Accreditation Act 2004 defines 'curriculum' as the curriculum for primary or secondary schools determined by the BOSTES in accordance with the Education Act 1990.

To meet the requirements of the Teacher Accreditation Act 2004, 'teachers' (as defined by the Teacher Accreditation Act 2004) employed by registered non-government schools must fall into one of the following three categories:

  • having teacher education qualifications from a higher education institution within Australia or as recognised within the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) guidelines, or
  • having a bachelor degree from a higher education institution within Australia or one recognised within the AEI-NOOSR guidelines but lacking formal teacher education qualifications.

Evidence of compliance

A registered non-government school must document:

  • copies of qualifications used to determine the suitability of each teacher it has employed and, where relevant, copies of teacher accreditation documentation
  • details, including the qualifications and teaching experience, of all part-time and full-time teaching staff
  • the school's documented plan for providing alternate qualified teaching staff in the event that regular teaching staff are unavailable.
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