In this first newsletter for 2006 I'd like to welcome the 436 teachers who have recently registered in the Northern Territory. Many of these newly registered teachers have just completed their university degrees and are embarking on their first year in professional employment. The Board wishes them a challenging and rewarding career.
This year the Board will be working closely with Charles Darwin University and Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education staff, as they review their preservice teacher education programs. Both institutions are consulting widely and providing an opportunity for all those involved to reconsider the needs of future teachers and students. The Board is fully engaged with these reviews and looks forward to working with all teachers involved in the process.
On the 2005 renewal notice, registered teachers were asked if they were prepared to have their name and birth date appear on a registration list available to employers on a secure website.
While over 70% of teachers were happy with this proposal, some were doubtful that any website was secure, while others were concerned about possible misuse of the information.
For the registration list to be useful to employers, we needed to have 100% approval. As we did not get this level of support, the proposal was abandoned.
Thank you to everyone who gave us feedback, your comments were very much appreciated.
Gallagher, C and Kiggins, J, 2005, ‘Boys Own Adventure Story’, Professional Educator, Vol 4, No. 4, pp13-17.
Great reading for any primary school teacher trying to engage boys in reading. This very practical research will inspire you and perhaps challenge you to rethink your literacy program, or affirm that you are already engaging boys in reading.
Within the next few weeks every registered teacher will receive a copy of the Northern Territory Standards of Professional Practice for Teaching. This is an important document. The Board commends it to you as an affirmation of your current practice and an inspiration to your continued professional endeavours.
The Teacher Registration Board sends out important communications to all registered teachers. For these to be effective, we need to have accurate postal addresses.
If you have changed your personal address or workplace, you can notify the Board by calling 8999 5964 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have changed your name, you will need to complete the Change of Details form on the TRB website and send in certified evidence of the change.
The Teacher Registration Board was established to ensure that only people who had suitable qualifications and were of good character were registered and remain registered.
While much of the Board’s work in this area is confidential, it can report that it conducts a rigorous assessment process and denies registration to:
In addition to this work, the Board has conducted inquiries into allegations of unprofessional conduct and has investigated complaints against teachers.
As the Board requires a criminal history check only on application for registration, it has established protocols with the Commissioner of Police for the exchange of information so that criminal history data can be updated.
The Teacher Registration Board is part of an international network of registration authorities. If you are planning to teach overseas, we may be able to put you in touch with the registration authority necessary for employment. Email us if you think we can help.
Please accept TRB apologies for the inadequate proofreading of the last newsletter. Our thanks go to those teachers who so willingly engaged in the task of post-publication editing.
The Board has recently established four committees to assist it with its core business:
Some teachers registered in the Northern Territory have been concerned that having their registration recognised in other states has not been an automatic process.
Mutual recognition laws in Australia require the recognition of qualifications across state boundaries but entitle each registration authority to ask for a range of documents including an application form. This will mean that, if you apply for registration in another state under mutual recognition, you will to be required to submit an application form and provide documents relating to your personal details and academic qualifications. You will also be required to pay the set fee and, in most cases, consent to a criminal record check. Once you have met these requirements, you are assured that your application for registration will be approved.
Copies of the Mutual Recognition Acts are available on the Teacher Registration Board website.