AITSL releases 2022-2026 Strategic Plan with focus on ‘expertise’ underpinning priorities
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AITSL releases 2022-2026 Strategic Plan with focus on ‘expertise’ underpinning priorities

by Jason Roberts

July 26, 2022

The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) has released its 2022 to 2026 Strategic Plan which contains a set of five key strategic priorities built around the foundation of expertise that already resides in all of Australia’s teachers, leaders and members of their coalition of key partners.

 

In early childhood education and care (ECEC) circles, AITSL performs several key functions, including: 

 

  • Conducting the AITSL skills assessment for early childhood teachers (ECTs) for whom English is an additional language, or who are migrating to Australia, to determine whether existing qualifications and English language proficiency meet the requirements for skilled migration, in one of the nominated teacher occupations. 
  • Providing resources to support ECT teaching practice
  • Supporting teaching performance assessments in conjunction with ACECQA
  • Promoting excellence so that teachers and leaders have the maximum impact on learning in all Australian schools and early childhood settings.

 

“Over the past 10 years, we have focused on the areas where we make the most impact,” Chair Emeritus Laureate Professor John Hattie said. 

 

“Our evidence-based advice and guidance has led to national educational reforms that have supported quality teaching and leadership in Australia.” 

 

During the consultation period in relation to the new strategy AITSL heard “clearly and enthusiastically” from its Key Partners that it should continue to “do what we do best” and build on the solid foundations carefully laid over the past 10 years, the Professor continued. 

 

“In doing so, our Key Partners expressed the strong desire for AITSL to be bold in our approach.”

 

The Strategic Priorities have been crafted to reflect this desire and underwrite a commitment from AITSL to be bold in its approach and implementation of the strategy “so that teachers and leaders at each career stage are supported to do what they do best, educating Australia’s students.”

 

Strategy priorities: Shaping, influencing, enhancing, esteeming and supporting expertise

 

The 2022 to 2026 AITSL Strategic Plan includes five key strategic priorities each of which addresses specific stages required to ensure that the expertise that is embodied by Australia’s teachers is fostered and nurtured so as to ensure the very best outcomes for the children they teach. 

 

Strategic Priority #1: Shaping expertise

 

Purpose: To lead a high quality and nationally consistent approach to teaching and leadership in schools and education settings.

 

Outcome: Quality teaching and leadership is underpinned by relevant, fit for purpose national Standards that are understood and implemented by all teachers and leaders throughout Australia.

 

Strategic Priority #2: Influencing expertise

 

Purpose: To encourage the national adoption of practices and policies that help lift quality teaching and leadership in schools and education settings.

 

Outcome: AITSL’s Key Partners across all Australian states and territories participate in the development and adoption of nationally informed practices and policies that help lift quality teaching and leadership in schools and education settings.

 

Strategic Priority #3: Enhancing expertise

 

Purpose: To provide solutions, informed by evidence and practice, to help the profession implement the National Standards and Frameworks.

 

Outcome: The delivery of high quality, practical and evidence based tools and resources that are created in partnership with the profession, and support quality teaching and leadership.

 

Strategic Priority #4: Esteeming expertise

 

Purpose: To recognise and raise awareness of the lasting impact of teacher and leader expertise.

 

Outcome: The expertise of Australia’s teachers and leaders is highlighted, recognised and celebrated, supporting an increased status of the profession.

 

Strategic Priority #5: Supporting expertise

 

Purpose: To have a healthy, high performing culture, and strong and adaptive operational foundations, that support our purpose.

 

Outcome: AITSL’s culture is healthy, culturally safe, adaptive and inclusive, and facilitates the effective deployment of resources to achieve strategic outcomes.

 

To review the AITSL 2022 – 2026 Strategy please visit the website

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