Professional standards declarations
Schools and employers play an important role in a teacher's transition to Full Registration. Applicants for Full Registration must demonstrate that they meet the Professional Standards for Teachers in Western Australia (Professional Standards) at the Proficient Level.
Whether the Professional Standards at the Proficient Level have been met is based on an assessment at the school/workplace level confirming that the teacher has met all of the standards. The assessment is verified through a declaration by an appropriate person at the applicant's school or educational venue confirming that the teacher has met all of the Professional Standards.
It is a matter for the appropriate person making the declaration to satisfy themselves that all seven Professional Standards have been satisfactorily met. This could include first-hand experience of the teacher's professional practice through direct observation and ongoing engagement or through a recommendation or report from another member of staff who is in a position to make such an assessment.
An appropriate person is:
In a school, an applicant's Principal or a person delegated by the Principal who is currently working within the same educational venue as the applicant.
In an educational venue other than a school, the person who has day-to-day management responsibility (eg. in an education and care service, the nominated supervisor) or their delegate.
Persons delegated responsibility as the appropriate person to determine whether an applicant meets the standards may be a Deputy Principal, head of department, experienced/senior teacher, supervisor or line manager.
An appropriate person:
- must hold Full Registration as a teacher in Australia or New Zealand.
- must be in a reasonable position to assess the applicant against the Professional Standards for Teachers in Western Australia and make a declaration to the TRBWA in relation to this.
In certain limited situations, a declaration may be acceptable from an appropriate person at an applicant's previous educational venue. These situations include:
- where there are no teachers holding Full Registration within an applicant's current school/educational venue,
- where a teacher applying for Full Registration is not currently working in an school/educational venue
- for child care centres
The appropriate person will be required to provide a summary of the reasons why they consider that the applicant has met the Professional Standards at the Proficient Level.
An appropriate person must be satisfied that the Professional Standards have been met. This could be through first-hand experience of the teacher's professional practice through direct observation and ongoing engagement or through a recommendation or report from another member of staff who is in a position to make an assessment.
For further information on making declarations that a teacher has met the Professional Standards at the Proficient Level, please refer to the TRBWA Professional Standards Policy, Professional Standards for Teachers in WA and the Guide to Evidencing the Professional Standards at the Proficient Level.