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November 2017

Highly accomplished and lead teachers This document is issued for general guidance only. It does not constitute professional advice. The issues with which it deals are complex and the document necessarily deals only with general principles. No reader should rely on this document for the purpose of making a decision as to action but should seek the appropriate advice from the Union on the particular circumstances of that reader. The Union accepts no responsibility for the consequences should any person act in reliance on this document without obtaining the appropriate advice from the Union.

In the Department of Education and Training State School Teachers’ Certified Agreement 2016, the Department of Education and Training (DET) and the Queensland Teachers’ Union (QTU) agreed to the introduction of two new salary classifications, highly accomplished teachers (HAT) and lead teachers (LT). The new classifications will provide a career path which gives teachers an alternative to choosing administrative and/or school leader roles; the purpose of the classifications is to encourage highly skilled teachers to stay in the classroom.

Who are highly accomplished and lead teachers? According to the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) standards, highly accomplished teachers are highly effective, skilled classroom practitioners who are knowledgeable and contemporary in their practice. They work with colleagues and contribute to professional learning within the school environment. Lead teachers are recognised and respected as exemplary teachers. They initiate and lead activities/projects focused on improving outcomes for students. They support colleagues to expand teaching practice.

What are the highly accomplished and lead teacher career stages? HAT and LT classifications are the final two career stages in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST). Queensland teachers should already be familiar with the graduate and proficient career stages. Preservice teachers are required to show evidence to demonstrate that they are at the graduate stage of the APST in order to successfully complete their professional experience in schools. Teachers who have commenced teaching need to show evidence that they meet the proficient stage of the APST in order to successfully complete their probationary requirements and transition to full teacher registration.

Who decides who is a HAT and a LT? AITSL has developed national certification guidelines for assessing teachers against the HAT and LT levels of the APST. HAT and LT certification is already operating in a number of Australian states, across the private and public sectors. Queensland is running a pilot of the HAT and LT career stages in two regions, Far North Queensland and North Coast. The DET pilot certification process aligns with AITSL’s National Guide to Certification and provides successful teachers with national recognition. At the end of the pilot, there will be an evaluation, which will determine the way forward for the full implementation of HAT and LT, after which any teacher across Queensland who meets the eligibility criteria will be able to apply in 2019.

What will a HAT and LT in Queensland be paid? The Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) will conduct a value of role assessment in July 2018 to determine the pay levels of HAT and LT. The QIRC will determine the timing of payment and quantum as part of the decision. The QTU is of the view that applicants from the two pilot regions who are successfully certified from the pilot, should be paid at the relevant classification as soon as possible after the QIRC determines what the classification level should be. The new classifications will become part of the teachers’ stream of the classification scale and will be the subject of negotiated increases in future certified agreements. The QTU also believes that there should not be a distinction between sectors: HAT and LT should be paid at their relevant classifications regardless of the sector in which they work (e.g. primary and secondary, special education etc.)

Who is overseeing the pilot? The QTU, DET and the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) have set up a tripartite HAT/LT working party to monitor the progress of the pilot.

Authorised by Graham Moloney, General Secretary, Qld Teachers' Union, P O Box 1750, Milton LPO Qld 4064 Web: www.qtu.asn.au Email: qtu@qtu.asn.au Phone: 07 3512 9000 Fax: 07 3512 9050


Highly accomplished and lead teachers – November 2017

Representatives from each group attend regular meetings to consider and agree upon matters arising from the pilot. The QCT has agreed to be the certifying body for the pilot. At this stage, it is not yet determined whether it will also be the certifying body for the full implementation of the HAT/LT classifications in 2019. The process for application, certification and recertification will be the subject of a memorandum of agreement.

How do I apply if I am interested? Applications for HAT and LT are not yet open to eligible applicants in Queensland. Applications for the pilot in the two pilot regions are now closed. Teachers who are interested in finding out more about the national certification process are encouraged to visit the OnePortal HAT and LT webpage of the DET website and complete the self-reflection tool on the AITSL website. More resources and training will be developed and available in 2018 to assist those teachers who are considering applying in 2019.

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How much will it cost? The cost of making an application to become a HAT or LT is yet to be negotiated between the parties. The QTU position is that the employer should make a co-contribution to the cost. However, this is yet to be decided.

Relevant links https://www.aitsl.edu.au/teach/understandcertification-and-halt-status https://qct.edu.au/about/Higher-levelcertification

Authorised by Graham Moloney, General Secretary, Qld Teachers' Union, P O Box 1750, Milton LPO Qld 4064 Web: www.qtu.asn.au Email: qtu@qtu.asn.au Phone: 07 3512 9000 Fax: 07 3512 9050

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