Credit where it's due for the state's teachers

After a year of calling on new skills to perform their jobs, teachers will receive five credit points of their own towards their required personal development quota.
After a year of calling on new skills to perform their jobs, teachers will receive five credit points of their own towards their required personal development quota.

To recognise the efforts of teachers who adapted to develop new ways of maintaining their students' learning throughout the pandemic, each will be awarded an additional five hours of professional development credits.

Hawkesbury MP Robyn Preston said that all teachers maintaining accreditation would receive the one-off credit toward the 100 hours of professional development they are required to complete every five years.

"Last year our Hawkesbury teachers went above and beyond to support their students," she said.

"This required them to learn rapidly on the job so that they could contribute to deliver education during learning from home.

"Thank you to all the teachers, support staff and principals for putting professional learning front and centre to create entirely new ways of teaching and supporting the wellbeing of students."

Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said that the credit applied to all early childhood, primary and secondary school teachers who, throughout the pandemic, adjusted their practices to transform learning in an online environment.

"Teahcers' profession learning included time spent researching, completing online tutorials, networking and collaborating to further develop the skills they needed to keep our children engaged, stay connected with colleagues and support families during this stressful time for the community," she said.