On Sunday 29 November 2020 the NSW Minister for Education, Sarah Mitchell announced that endorsement of all currently NESA Endorsed Providers is cancelled and Registered courses are deregistered effective immediately. This is as a result of an internal review by NESA of its process for endorsing professional development (PD) providers and courses announced in July.
Initially PTC welcomed the Ministers request to review the quality of professional learning available to teachers within NSW when it was announced in July, however as a result of this review NESA has created a new policy in a response to the ministers review. This new policy has seen all endorsed providers cancelled across NSW including the PTC and professional teacher associations and irrespective of the history, range, quality and value of the courses previously provided by PTC and professional associations they have now been deregistered.
PTC NSW is requesting NESA reconsider their decision.
As we wait to hear from NESA regarding the new process for accreditation for all Professional Learning in NSW we suggest that member associations that currently access the PTC NSW PL Committee continue to submit their course applications to PTC using this link Courses for Endorsement dates & links .PTC NSW will continue to have courses reviewed by the committee and have these ready for submission when the new process is announced.
For all other member associations we are more than happy to assist your applications through this same process should you require PTC NSW’s support until we are notified by NESA of the new process.
14 December 2020
Late Friday afternoon PTC NSW was notified by NESA of their interim accreditation process that will last to 31 July 2021.
Whilst PTC NSW was looking forward to a more positive announcement the letter received on Friday falls well short of our expectations.
NESA announced –
Interim accreditation of PD courses
To ensure availability of NESA Accredited PD for teachers while NESA works to finalise the principles, criteria, application and assessment processes, NESA has established a process to enable the interim accreditation of certain PD courses delivered by previously endorsed providers.
As a previously endorsed provider, you are invited to submit an Expression of Interest for interim accreditation of eligible courses for a period of up to 31 July 2021.
The interim process applies to courses that have substantial content relating to the following two priority areas only:
Any courses that substantially relate to the other two priority areas are not eligible for accreditation under the interim process, even if they also include some content that relates to the delivery and assessment of NSW Curriculum/Early Years Learning Framework priority area or the students/children with disability priority area.
To be eligible for interim accreditation as NESA Accredited PD, a course must meet the eligibility requirements in the Expression of Interest form and must align with the Interim Principles of Effective Professional Learning, available on the NESA website.
To be accredited under the interim process, a course must have been delivered as NESA Registered PD at least once since 1 January 2019.
To be eligible for interim accreditation of a course as NESA Accredited PD, the course must:
PTC NSW will be submitting an Expression of Interest form as a previously endorsed provider, therefore should you have any previously endorsed and run courses that cover the new criteria please complete the NESA Interim Accreditation form found here NESA Interim Accreditation Form and forward to PTC NSW firstname.lastname@example.org
To read the full letter from NESA please click here – NESA CEO to providers – EOI for interim accreditation of PD
PTC NSW continues to request the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning and the CEO of NESA to reconsider PTC NSW as a registered provider of quality professional learning across all sectors and systems in NSW.