AITSL is driving the work around initial teacher education reform with the overall aim of securing quality teaching and preparing new teachers well. This work has four focus areas:
- stronger quality assurance of teacher education courses
- more rigorous selection of students into programs
- better practical experience for the students, and
- more rigorous assessment of graduates to ensure that they are “classroom ready”.
The final area is being addressed through a new evaluation activity for pre-service teachers – a teaching performance assessment (TPA).
As schools take on pre-service teachers for placements and will likely be the settings for TPAs, it is important that principals and teachers know more about this incoming initiative.