Initial Teacher Education Quality Assessment Expert Panel

The Initial Teacher Education Quality Assessment Expert Panel is being established by the Australian Government to develop new minimum and excellence threshold standards for ITE courses in response to recommendations made in the Quality Initial Teacher Education Review.

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The Panel will be chaired by Professor Mark Scott AO, with remaining membership to be settled.

Terms of Reference

  1. Purpose

The Initial Teacher Education Quality Assurance Expert Panel has been established to provide independent advice to the Australian Government on introducing an assessment mechanism for initial teacher education (ITE) to improve the quality of ITE programs.

  1. Roles and Responsibilities

The Panel will develop a new performance assessment framework to ensure effective assessment of the delivery of quality ITE courses by higher education providers under the Accreditation of Initial Teacher Education Programs in Australia: Standards and Procedures (Accreditation Standards).  

The Panel will develop minimum and excellence threshold standards for ITE courses. It is intended that the minimum threshold will be reflected in revised and strengthened Accreditation Standards. The excellence threshold will be developed to identify higher education providers demonstrating high-quality delivery of ITE. The Panel, in consultation with stakeholders, will develop advice for the Government to consider on the most appropriate mechanisms to link these thresholds to funding incentives to ensure delivery of quality ITE courses’.

The Panel will:

  • Advise the Government on the development of revised Accreditation Standards and associated performance assessment framework with minimum and excellence threshold standards for providers.
  • Consult with stakeholders and seek their expertise to ensure standards for ITE courses reflect the best available evidence on effective teaching practices
  • Determine the potential impact of the performance assessment framework in regional and rural settings and advise the Government on mitigation strategies
  • Advise the Government on how the performance framework should be linked to funding to provide incentives for quality improvement among ITE providers.

The performance assessment framework will be agreed by the Minister for Education and Youth and will be reviewed every three years to re-evaluate quality indicators and the changing nature of outcomes.

  1. Members

Members of the Panel will be appointed by the Minister.

The Panel will include Members with expertise in areas such as:

  • ITE
  • Higher Education
  • Education Reform
  • School Leadership
  • Government Policy
  • Teaching

Appointments to the Panel will be for one year, with the possibility of extension.

All Members will be required to disclose their interests and complete conflict of interest declarations.

  1. Chair

The Chair is independent and appointed by the Minister.

  1. Reporting

The Panel will report through the Chair to the Minister in line with the implementation timeframe determined by the Minister.