What is a Workplace Recommendation Panel?

6 SEPTEMBER 2018

Teachers who are provisionally registered have two years to meet the Proficient Teacher level of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST).

Provisionally registered teachers (PRTs) do this through an inquiry into their practice, providing evidence of the APST.

To assess whether a PRT is performing at the Proficient Teacher level of the APST, the context of their teaching needs to be understood. The best people to know this are the PRT’s workplace leaders and teaching peers. Therefore, it is appropriate for these people to make judgements about the professional practice of the PRT based on their documented evidence.

This process is managed through a workplace panel that completes the recommendation report PRTs use in their application for (full) registration or (full) early childhood teacher registration.

Who sits on the workplace panel?

It is expected that at least one member of the panel has completed the Effective Mentoring Program delivered by VIT in partnership with the Department of Education & Training (DET) with the support of the Catholic Education Offices and the independent schools’ sector, or another VIT mentor training program.

These programs provide an understanding of the inquiry process for PRTs and specific training in the assessment of evidence against the Proficient Teacher level of the APST.

The expected workplace panel would look like this

School Setting Early Childhood Setting*
VIT registered principal or their delegate Registered EC teacher
Registered teacher who has completed an EMP or VIT program Registered teacher who has completed an EMP or VIT program
Registered colleague nominated by the PRT who is familiar with their work Registered EC or school teacher colleague nominated by the PRT who is familiar with their work

*In an early childhood setting any panel member can assume the role of panel chair. PRTs may need to seek assistance from registered teachers in other services and workplaces, including schools, to convene a panel to assess evidence.

A two-person panel is acceptable if the PRT is in an early childhood service where they are the only registered early childhood teacher or where there is only one other registered early childhood teacher employed. In exceptional circumstances, variations to the composition of the panel can be requested from VIT.