Remember there are now only a limited number of providers that can deliver accredited PD. This is unlikely to change for at least the next two months.
We strongly encourage members who are currently maintaining their accreditation to complete their 100 hours of PD by the end of 2021.
Our understanding is that if you achieve your 100 hours this year, you will have satisfied the PD requirements for your current maintenance period regardless of how many accredited hours you have logged.
NESA has advised that if you complete your 100 hours by the end of 2021, you will not have to complete any accredited PD from one of the four priority areas. We understand this arrangement will expire at the end of 2021.
You can enter Elective PD on your eTAMS under the ‘Elective PD’ tab – it is a straightforward process. Once you have logged 100 hours you should see a green tick on your eTAMS account stating you have satisfied the PD requirements for the current period.
IEU ZONE: 50 Hours of PD On-Demand
The IEU has more than 50 hours of elective PD on the IEU Zone (theieuzone.org.au) that members can undertake on-demand. You will need to create an account before you can access the PD. This is a simple process; however, it will take a few hours for us to verify and activate your account once it is created.
If you have any queries, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The IEU professional engagement team has developed an IEU Guide to Accreditation at Proficient Teacher Handbook and an accompanying Workbook for teachers who are undertaking the accreditation process.
The Handbook addresses all the FAQs you may have and the Workbook steps you through the process in a supportive and informative manner.
These documents are available for members. Please contact your organiser, or visit: theieuzone.org.au
If you have any queries, please email: email@example.com
Nationally Consistent Collection of Data
The IEU has recently undertaken a significant research project into the impact of the NCCD process on teachers and students in non-government schools.
Several key issues have emerged from this research, including the impact of the expanding administrative burden, lack of clarity around the evidentiary guidelines and work intensification related to the audit process.
You can find the IEU’s Report on the Survey into the Nationally Consistent Collection of DATA (NCCD) process in NSW and ACT Schools on our IEU website: bit.ly/3w7yQuY
As a first step, and following endorsement by the IEU Council, we sent the report to the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (the federal agency responsible for administering the NCCD process and distributing funding); Catholic Schools NSW (which represents both Catholic systemic and Catholic independent schools); and each of the 11 Catholic dioceses in NSW and the ACT.
We extended meeting invitations to these groups to discuss the report’s conclusions and advance the recommendations. As Newsmonth went to press, preliminary meetings had taken place with Catholic Schools NSW and nine of the 11 dioceses.
The IEU has also held two meetings with the Department of Education, Skills and Employment. Their senior personnel were quick to react to the report’s conclusions and recommendations and have expressed their desire to collaborate with the union and other stakeholders to streamline procedures and reduce negative impacts.
While members, employers and the union agree that accountability is essential to guarantee fair distribution of funding, the Department was understandably concerned that the interpretation of the requirements for collecting the NCCD data may be excessive, with the unintended consequence of diverting teacher time away from active student support into administrative duties.
Keep an eye on our website and upcoming editions of Newsmonth for updates.