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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 NESA website.

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 NESA.

Section 3A of the Teacher Accreditation Act 2004 provides that 'teach' means in relation to a school - to undertake duties that include:

  1. delivering courses of study that are designed to implement the school curriculum under the Education Act, and
  2. assessing the participation, performance and progress of students in those courses, whether or not the person who is undertaking such duties undertakes other duties in the school.

A reference in this section and in the Manual to 'teacher', 'teachers', 'teaching' or 'teaching staff' is a reference that is consistent with the meaning of 'teach' as defined by the Teacher Accreditation Act 2004.

To meet the requirements of the Teacher Accreditation Act 2004, 'teachers' employed by registered non-government schools must be accredited to teach in NSW.

The school proprietor is required to ensure that the school has a teacher accreditation authority that complies with NESA’s Guidelines for the Regulation of Teacher Accreditation Authorities for Non-government Schools and Early Childhood Education Centres.

Evidence of compliance

A non-government school must have a teacher accreditation authority that has been approved under NESA’s TAA Guidelines.

A registered non-government school must maintain:

  • records of teachers that have been employed and their teacher accreditation details
  • a plan for providing alternate qualified teaching staff in the event that regular teaching staff are unavailable 
  • evidence that demonstrates how the school will support teachers in attaining and maintaining teacher accreditation.
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