“These descriptors encapsulate the basis for the thinking and planning process for teaching. Without the understanding of these factors a teacher can provide instruction and learning activities but not grounded by professional understanding. These Standards will spark collegial dialogue and more reflective teaching practice with hopefully enhanced outcomes for student learning.”
— Deputy Principal, Independent School, Northern Territory. Validation Survey 2, 8 October to 5 November 2010
Organisation of the Standards
The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers comprise seven Standards which outline what teachers should know and be able to do. The Standards are interconnected, interdependent and overlapping.
Within each Standard, focus areas provide further illustration of teaching knowledge, practice and professional engagement. These are then separated into Descriptors at four professional career stages: Graduate, Proficient, Highly Accomplished and Lead.
|Professional Knowledge||Refer to the Standard at each career stage|
The focus areas and descriptors identify the components of quality teaching at each career stage. They constitute agreed characteristics of the complex process of teaching. An effective teacher is able to integrate and apply knowledge, practice and professional engagement as outlined in the descriptors to create teaching environments in which learning is valued.