The TEMAG Report
The Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group (TEMAG) report was released last month. It focused on the preparation of student teachers to become successful beginning teachers. Although the report recommended that a single national accreditation body be formed, the Federal Government has determined that accreditation of providers should remain with the States and Territories. The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) will still have a key function in seeing the implementation of the recommendations of the report.
Three key areas have been highlighted:
- The need for rigorous selection of applicants into initial teacher education (ITE) programs
- The need for closer integration of theory into practice with a greater emphasis of the need for effective partnerships between ITE providers and schools
- The need for more rigorous assessment of the “classroom readiness” of graduates.
The Australasian Teacher Regulatory Authorities (ATRA) met in early March to discuss this key Government report. ATRA has been asked to look at a number of key areas including:
- What are the requirements to undertake a rigorous accreditation program of an initial teacher education (ITE) program?
- What does a high quality ITE programme look like?
- Should student teachers be required to be pre-registered?