National Accreditation Panel Training
The Teachers Registration Board currently appoints accreditation panels to assess initial teacher education programs using standards and procedures developed after national consultation with key stakeholders in South Australia and nationally. Each program considered for national accreditation is assessed by a trained accreditation panel using the Accreditation of initial teacher education programs in Australia – Standards and Procedures December 2015 which includes the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the Graduate career stage.
The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) has undertaken to train a pool of people to participate in nationally consistent accreditation panels. People nominated by the Board, employers and professional associations, include registered teachers, employers, teacher educators and other community representatives. They have participated in a national training program coordinated by AITSL. As of November 2016, there were 22 trained South Australians in the national pool. Further training will be conducted in 2017.
Accreditation panels are comprised of four to six South Australian members and at least one member from the national pool nominated by AITSL from a different state or territory. After consideration of the accreditation panel recommendations, the Board makes the final decision to accredit the submitted program and advise the provider of the decision in writing.