Tom Alegounarias tells the story of the teaching standards in NSW and why they can be useful for teachers.
It is not possible to codify what constitutes quality… but we needed to build a discourse of professionalism beyond a simple statement … and articulate what values we will protect.
You cannot enter the profession without having recognised teaching qualifications, as defined by teachers… there is a constant tension between describing and articulating what might constitute quality and teaching … and being seen as a potentially punitive statement of surveillance and containment.
The only people who understand these values and can put these into practice are teachers, and that’s our value and our strength…Tom Alegounarias
Note for listeners: This episode was originally recorded for the JPL Podcast, hence the references to the JPL Podcast throughout.