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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 TA Act provides a system of accreditation and recognition of teachers’ professional capacity against professional standards. Information about the 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 TA Act.

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.

Relevantly to the NESA requirements, section 3A of the TA Act provides that:

‘teach’ means in relation to a school - to undertake duties that include:

  • delivering courses of study that are designed to implement the school curriculum under the Education Act, and
  • 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 TA Act .

To meet the requirements of the TA Act, from 1 January 2018 '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 ('the TAA Guidelines').

Evidence of compliance

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

A registration system and/or member school must document:

  • copies of qualifications used to determine the suitability of each teacher it has employed and 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
  • how the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and other policies of NESA as provided by the TA Act are being implemented, including:
    • processes for supporting teachers in attaining and maintaining accreditation, including the induction, mentoring and professional development of teachers
    • processes for improving the collective standard of teaching at the school, including professional collaboration aimed at improving teacher practices and student outcomes.
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