Information about the recent NESA changes to PD
Latest update: March 2021
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’.
Summary of changes and how they effect you (and us!)
At this time, we are in a transition period. NESA Registered PD no longer exists, however, teachers will still be able to log 100 maintenance hours utilising Training 24/7 PD, as the 50 hour registered/accredited PD requirement has been removed during the transition period (or more specifically, until next maintenance period, which for most teachers, is in 2022).
Here’s a few more details of where things stand at time of writing:
- Delivery of NESA Registered PD ceased on 30 November 2020
- NESA is currently working through a ‘transition period’ as they finalise the new ‘Accredited PD’ (including finalising how providers can apply to have courses accredited)
- Courses can still be run by providers, and can still contribute to teacher maintenance hours, but are no longer classed as “NESA Registered PD”
- During the transition period the ’50 hour requirement’ for teachers to obtain NESA Registered and/or Accredited PD, has been removed
- Providers could log maintenance hours on behalf of teachers, up until midnight on 5 February 2021, but from that point onwards, and until further notice, NSW teachers will need to add all PD completed with us ‘Elective PD’ on NESA’s eTAMS site
- At time of writing, the process to apply for full accreditation of courses (for PD providers), has not been released. As such, we cannot apply for full accreditation of our courses until that time. Training 24/7 will apply for full accreditation of courses as soon as we are able to
We have confirmed with NESA, that the 50 hour requirement only comes into effect from your next maintenance period, and teachers can utilise Elective PD to complete their full 100 hours of maintenance, under the criteria they mention for PD, in our case, PD that is aligned to the Curriculum Priority. For most teachers, the next maintenance period is in 2022.
- 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
Further details obtained 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 can be interim accredited at this time under the current processes, others cannot, and some are unclear.
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, we suggest all PD hours logged with us that meet the criteria for the Curriculum priority, is logged as ‘Elective PD’. Per the above, during the interim period as NESA work to finalise the ‘Accredited PD’ criteria and application process, ‘Elective PD’ can be used for all 100 hours for the current maintenance period.
We are currently awaiting the complete and final accreditation process to be released to us as a PD provider, so as we can apply for all courses that we believe will meet the accreditation requirements.
If you have any questions at all about this, please contact us and we’d be pleased to help!