A nationally consistent approach to the accreditation of initial teacher education (ITE) programs was agreed in 2011, and implemented from 2012 through the introduction of the Accreditation of initial teacher education Programs in Australia: Standards and Procedures (April 2011) (the Standards and Procedures). As part of its implementation, the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) committed to conducting annual reviews of the process.
Synergistiq was engaged by AITSL to facilitate the 2015 national ITE accreditation panel review (the panel review). This is the third review, and its findings are largely consistent with previous reviews. The panel review synthesised the perspectives put forward by stakeholders through:
- a survey of ITE providers, regulatory authorities, panel members, panel chairs and interstate panel members across all states and territories. Invitations to participate in the survey were extended by the regulatory authorities in each state and territory. The survey was open from 27 May and closed on 10 June 2015.
- a face-to-face workshop with ITE providers, panel members, panel chairs, regulatory authorities and employers conducted in Melbourne on 17 June 2015.
- eleven interviews with ITE providers, panel members, panel chairs and regulatory authorities. Invitations to participate in an interview were made based on random selection by Synergistiq.