Information about the recent NESA changes to PD
On 30 November 2020, NESA Registered PD providers were contacted and made aware that NESA was making changes to PD requirements for teachers, and removing NESA Registered PD all together (but replacing it at some point in the future, with ‘Accredited PD’.
Latest update: 15 February 2021
At time of writing, this is a short summary of where things stand as of early February 2021:
- Delivery of NESA Registered PD ceased on 30 November 2020
- Planned courses could still be run by providers, and can still contribute to teacher maintenance hours, but were no longer classed as “NESA Registered PD”
- Providers could log maintenance hours on behalf of teachers, up until midnight on 5 February 2021
- At time of writing, the final process to apply for accreditation of courses (for PD providers), has not yet been released. As such, we cannot apply for full accreditation of our courses until that time.
- During 2021, most teachers will be able to get their maintenance hours logged without a 50 hour registered/accredited PD requirement. We understand after seeking clarity from NESA, that the 50 hour requirement only comes into effect from your next maintenance period .
- We understand that the majority of teachers participating in PD at “Proficient Teacher” level do not have maintenance due until the end of 2022, and therefore will be able to complete the 100 hours of PD utilising the “Interim Elective PD” criteria mentioned here: https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/teacher-accreditation/professional-development/pd-requirements
- To assess your situation, the transition scenarios can be found using the following link: https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/teacher-accreditation/meeting-requirements/maintaining-accreditation/maintenance-transition-arrangements/transition-arrangement-scenarios
Relevant Information Snippets from the NESA website:
Logging maintenance hours with NESA
As of midnight 5 February 2021, Training 24/7 will no longer be adding hours on behalf of teachers due to changes made by NESA in late 2020, and these hours will need to be added as ‘Elective PD’.
From the NESA website:
What about courses that are already scheduled?
You can continue to deliver planned sessions of previously Registered PD until Friday 5 February 2021.
You must upload teacher participation data to eTAMS by midnight Friday 5 February.
Any previously Registered PD courses completed and logged by 5 February 2021 will be transferred towards teachers’ new Accredited PD requirements, regardless of when their maintenance of accreditation is due.
Further information about this is NESA: https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/teacher-accreditation/professional-development/information-for-providers
Interim PD criteria
From NESA’s website (at time of writing):
Interim Elective PD criteria
Elective PD must meet the Standards at the applicable accreditation level and be selected from the list of approved Elective PD activities.
Elective PD that you record for your maintenance of accreditation requirements must address a minimum 3 of the following criteria:
- enhance teaching practice to effect positive change and impact on student/child learning progress and achievement
- link to clear and relevant goals that are related to improving student/child outcomes
- be job-embedded and provide opportunities for collaboration, transference and application
- involve opportunities to give and receive feedback and/or undertake self-reflection and reflection on the teaching practice of others
- be research based and evidence based.
We believe that all of our PD courses, with the exceptions of our ‘Get Reading Right’ how to videos (for products like toolkits, takeaways), meet key criteria from this list. In particular, in every course, we aim to enhance teaching practice, and every course (that was previously NESA Registered PD) has clear goals that are ultimately related to improving student outcomes, and our courses are research and/or evidence based. A number of courses will also meet additional criteria, including self reflection, and observation of the teaching practice of others (such as our full demonstration lessons).
Interim accreditation of PD courses
You may be aware that an interim accreditation process for PD providers has been released by NESA. We are aware that some of our courses would only be able to be applied for under the (not yet released) final accreditation process.
To avoid confusion with the potential for ‘some courses interim accredited, some courses elective PD’, the interim accreditation path is not being pursued further by Training 24/7 at this time. We would prefer to avoid headaches and confusion for our participants, and for the time being, suggest all PD hours logged with us that meet the criteria for the Curriculum priority, is logged as ‘Elective PD’, which for most teachers, will contribute to your maintenance hours.
We are currently awaiting the complete and final accreditation process to be released, so as we can apply for all courses that we believe will meet the accreditation requirements.