Maintaining accreditation in non school based teaching service positions

Maintenance of accreditation for non school based teaching service teachers

The Department of Education and Communities has published advice regarding the Maintenance of accreditation for non school based teaching service officers that members may find useful. See below an extract 5.4.5 from Accreditation at Proficient Teacher Procedures, February 2014.

The document indicates that if a NSBTS teacher does ‘choose’ to maintain their accreditation, the Department will support ‘flexibility’ in their NSBTS work, so that the accreditation requirements can be met as part of their work. This flexibility will require that specific opportunities are provided to the teacher in the nature, duties and location of their work. The Federation believes that this could include time working in schools as well as access to professional learning commensurate with that available to teachers in schools. It is important to note that the choice to maintain accreditation rests with the NSBTS teacher.

Extract from Accreditation at Proficient Teacher Procedures, October 2014.

5.4.5 Maintenance of accreditation for non school based staff

Teachers who are accredited at Proficient Teacher and are subsequently employed in a non school based position in the Department (for example as an education consultant or student support officer) for five years or more after 1 January 2005 can choose to:

(i) maintain their accreditation at Proficient Teacher. Teachers who take this option would generally be those teachers who are employed in non school based teaching service positions. There may need to be some flexibility to ensure classroom practice, relevant in-school experiences and continuing professional development are maintained so that valid comments regarding progress against all standards at Proficient Teacher can be made.

Such accredited teachers should negotiate how they will meet their maintenance of accreditation requirements with their line manager and the TAA (where applicable). Line managers are required to work with the accredited teacher to assist the teacher to comply with maintenance of accreditation requirements.

For additional information refer to section 7 of the BOSTES Policy for the Maintenance of Accreditation at Proficient/Professional Competence.

OR

(ii) apply to BOSTES for a leave of absence from maintenance of accreditation during their period of employment in a non school based position not related to teaching.

For further information refer to section 9 of the BOSTES Policy for the Maintenance of Accreditation at Proficient/Professional Competence.

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