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Professional standards and ethics

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers fulfils the Teacher Registration Board of the Northern Territory’s statutory requirements under section 11 (f) and (h) of the Teacher Registration (Northern Territory) Act.

The standards and their descriptors represent an analysis of effective contemporary practice by teachers throughout Australia. The development of the standards included a synthesis of the descriptions of knowledge, practice and professional engagement used by teacher accreditation and registration authorities, employers and professional associations. Each descriptor has been informed by teachers’ understanding of what is required at different stages of their career. An extensive validation process involving almost 6,000 teachers ensured that each descriptor was shaped by the profession.

The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers are a public statement of what constitutes teacher quality. They define the work of teachers and make explicit the elements of high-quality, effective teaching in 21st century schools that will improve educational outcomes for students. The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers:

  • provide a framework which makes clear the knowledge, practice and professional engagement required across teachers’ careers
  • present a common understanding and language for discourse between teachers, teacher educators, teacher organisations, professional associations and the public
  • inform the development of professional learning goals
  • provide a framework by which teachers can judge the success of their learning
  • assist self-reflection and self-assessment
  • can assist teachers to recognise their current and developing capabilities, professional aspirations and achievements
  • contribute to the professionalism of teaching and raise the status of the profession
  • can also be used as the basis for a professional accountability model

The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers are organised into four career stages and guide the preparation, support and development of teachers. The stages reflect the continuum of a teacher’s developing professional expertise from undergraduate preparation through to being an exemplary classroom practitioner and a leader in the profession.

The Graduate Standards will underpin the accreditation of initial teacher education programs. Graduates from accredited programs qualify for registration in each state and territory.

The Proficient Standards will be used to underpin processes for Full Registration as a teacher and to support the requirements of nationally consistent teacher registration.

The Highly Accomplished and Lead Standards will inform voluntary certification.

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Australian Professional Standard for Principals

The Australian Professional Standard for Principals has been developed to define the role of the principal and unify the profession nationally, to describe the professional practice of principals in a common language and to make explicit the role of quality school leadership in improving learning outcomes. It will assist in attracting, developing and supporting aspiring and practising principals.

It is a content standard and will be used to lead learning by:

  • providing a framework for professional learning
  • guiding self-reflection, self-improvement and development
  • guiding the management of self and others

The Australian Professional Standard for Principals sets out what principals are expected to know, understand and do to achieve excellence in their work. It takes full account of the crucial contribution made by principals in:

  • raising student achievement at all levels and all stages
  • promoting equity and excellence
  • creating and sustaining the conditions under which quality teaching and learning thrive
  • influencing, developing and delivering community expectations and government policy
  • contributing to the development of a 21st century education system at local, national and international levels

Australian Professional Standards for Principals

Implementation of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

In January 2013, all teachers in the Northern Territory will begin working to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at their individual career stage. The NT TRB acknowledges that there will be a period of transition for both provisionally registered and fully registered teachers.

The mapping document provides a snapshot of the changes and how the Northern Territory Standards of Professional Practice for Teaching align to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers by career stage and domain.

Mapping of NT Standards and Australian Standards (ppt 204 kb)

Code of Ethics

Teaching is a profession in which practitioners have to make ethical decisions daily. The development and maintenance of a code of ethics by the profession provides a means of clearly identifying and communicating the core values that underpin the professional standards of teaching.

Code of Ethics for NT teachers (pdf 207 kb)