2019-20 has been a year of extraordinary achievement for VIT. By transforming not only our regulatory procedures but also our organisational culture, we have been consistently implementing our vision for all Victorian children and young people to have the best teachers. We have been further spurred on and supported by new legislation which embeds our role in child safety.
Statement of expectations
The Minister for Education issues Statements of Expectations for the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) which set out the Minister’s expectations for VIT to demonstrate good regulatory practice and includes performance targets.
The VIT surveys over 4,000 casual relief teachers (CRTs) to understand their professional learning needs and experiences in meeting and maintaining registration requirements.
In partnership with the Department of Education and Training and the Teacher Learning Network, VIT uses this feedback to inform the development of resources and information specifically tailored to support CRTs to understand and maintain registration requirements. This may include presentations through agencies, unions and CRT networks; webinars; and FAQs.
In 2016, registered teachers were required to focus on developing their capability in a particular aspect of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. For renewal of registration, VIT asked teachers to focus on APST 1.6: Strategies to support full participation of learners with disability.
This acknowledges the importance of the Victorian government focus on giving every learner the opportunity to learn in a safe, positive and supportive environment. Registered teachers play a prime role in this by building their capability to achieve such a learning environment for their learners with disability.