Teacher with studentConsistency of teaching standards support teachers in their co-operative efforts to support each other and to identify opportunities for further improvement in teaching practice.

The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers define and make explicit what constitutes high quality effective teaching by providing a statement which outlines what teachers should know and be able to do. The Standards are organised into three domains of teaching: Professional Knowledge, Professional Practice and Professional Engagement. Each Standard is organised into four professional career stages: Graduate, Proficient, Highly Accomplished and Lead.

The Standards:

  • define and make explicit the work of teachers
  • provide a framework that 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 and assist self-reflection and self-assessment.

High quality effective teaching in different contexts may be seen in Illustrations of Practice.

A Self Assessment Tool (SAT) has been developed to enable teachers to assess themselves against the Standards.