Teaching Australia Primary Standards Project

National Professional Standards for Accomplished Primary Teaching

Accomplished primary teaching standards are one of a number of national professional standards being developed by the teaching profession in association with Teaching Australia.

The accomplished primary teaching standards are being developed by primary teachers with support from a project team being led by the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT), together with Teaching Australia.  The draft standards have been developed by a working group consisting mainly of classroom teachers from different states and territories, sectors and professional associations.
Primary teachers and others interested in primary teaching are encouraged to provide comment on the draft standards during June and July 2009.

Accomplished primary teaching standards can be used for a number of purposes. They:
  • raise awareness of the values, knowledge and practice that is the essence of outstanding primary teaching
  • guide primary teachers in reflecting on and improving their practice
  • provide a framework for professional learning
  • create a professional language for conversation about accomplished practice
  • recognise teacher accomplishment
  • build the status of primary teaching and the teaching profession.

The standards have three related components:
  • the Charter for the Australian teaching profession
  • generic capabilities setting out the high level knowledge and skills expected of teachers operating at the accomplished level. They are organised in three categories - professional knowledge, professional practice and professional leadership
  • descriptors of accomplishment, describing what accomplished primary teachers know and do.

ASTA is one of a number of professional associations that is collecting feedback data on this first phase of this project.

On this page you will find links to the draft primary standards and a number of other documents that will assist interested educators in providing feedback to this early draft.

Feedback can be sent to ASTA at ceo@asta.edu.au or mailed to PO Box 334 Deakin West ACT 2600.

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