Education Workforce Roundtable – Chair’s update

On 2 September 2020, the Roundtable held its fourth meeting for 2020. The meeting was attended by the Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Jeremy Rockliff, alongside representatives from the Tasmanian Principal’s Association, the Australian Education Union, the University of Tasmania (UTAS), the Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment (PUC) and the Department of Education (the Department).

The Minister received an update on the progress of the More Teachers, Quality Teaching Action Plan in particular:

  • Action 3: Tailored education career design
  • Action  4: Innovative pathways into teaching
  • Action 7: World class intern program
  • Action 10: Growing our leadership pipeline

A clear definition of what a quality teacher is beyond technical expertise and qualifications is needed to train, attract and develop the education workforce of the future. Defining quality teaching is fundamental to the design of initial teacher education (ITE) courses and attracting and developing quality teachers for Tasmanian Government schools. The Department has been leading the development of the Tasmanian Teacher Profile which describes the knowledge, experience, skills and capabilities and motivations and attributes. Further validation of the Profile is currently underway

Innovative pathways into teaching are an important element of building the teacher pipeline. The Department has signed up for another year with Teach for Australia (TFA) and UTAS is continuing to refine its offerings for education courses.

A key action of the Roundtable is to develop a world class intern program. In 2020, DoE completed a review of the Teacher Intern Placement Program (TIPP).  The TIPP provides UTAS teacher education students with the opportunity to undertake their final year of study while based full-time in a Tasmanian public education school. Informed by research undertaken by the PUC, the review identified the benefits of the Intern Program. Members also reflected on the opportunities identified by the review to enhance and grow the program to support and achieve increased numbers of quality early career teachers in the program.

A partnership has been formed between the Teachers Registration Board Tasmania, Department of Education, Catholic Education and Independent Schools Tasmania to design a pilot for Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher Certification. The pilot, which will be delivered in collaboration with the University of Tasmania and the Teacher’s Registration Board, will commence in 2021.

The next meeting of the Roundtable is scheduled for November 2020.