Dismantling of Professional Development in NSW Education



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.


PTC & Professional Teaching Associations Responses

Mathematical Teachers Association NSW (MANSW) Response


D2021 9032 CEO Response – Dr Denis Mootz – President, The Professional Teachers Council NSW

NESA Letter of response to President, PTC 16 December 2020

Letter of Advocacy & Support from Jihad Dib

PTC Media Release – NESA PL Deregulation – 4 December 2020

Professional Association of Learning Support Inc. (PALS) Response

Philosophy in Schools (PiNS) Response

Geography Teachers Association NSW & ACT (GTANSWACT) Response

English Teachers Association NSW (ETANSW) Response

History Teachers Association NSW (HTANSW) Response

Modern Language Teachers Association of NSW Inc (MLTA) Response

Science Teachers Association NSW (STANSW) Response

NAFT (NSW French Language Teachers Association) Response

ABODA Response to NESA

ABODA Response to the Minister for Education

ANATS Response to NESA

Education HQ Article – Don’t Deregulate Us

Marco Cimino (Educator) Response

The Guardian – Jane Caro

SMH – Jordan Baker

Shock as government authority disendores training by PTC NSW

Latest News

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:

  • delivery and assessment of NSW Curriculum/Early Years Learning Framework (as applicable); and
  • students/children with disability.

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.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for interim accreditation of a course as NESA Accredited PD, the course must:

  • have been delivered as NESA Registered PD at least once since 1 January 2019; and
  • relate to an identified Standard Descriptor/s (see Section 3) that aligns with one of the following two priority areas only:
    • Delivery and assessment of NSW Curriculum/Early Years Learning Framework (as applicable)
    • Students/children with disability; and
  • meet the Interim Principles of Effective Professional Learning; and
  • be planned for delivery before 31 July 2021.

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 plofficer@ptc.nsw.edu.au

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.


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