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Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher (HALT) certification has been available to eligible teachers in Queensland Catholic schools from 1 July 2018.
HALT certification is in accordance with the guidelines provided by the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).
Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher certification is voluntary and nationally recognised.
Find out more below.
QCEC, in partnership with the Queensland College of Teachers, delivered a series of information sessions for teachers interested in applying for Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher certification at different locations across the state in February and March 2019.
You can view the presentation (2hr 20min) from the Brisbane Catholic Education information session held on 21 February 2019 here.
Starting in 2019 QCEC will manage and administer an annual round of Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher (HALT) certification. Teachers who wish to apply for certification and who are ready to submit their portfolios before the end of the 2018 school year will have their applications dealt with on a case-by-case basis and are asked to contact QCEC via the dedicated HALT email address email@example.com.
Teachers who are interested in seeking HALT certification are encouraged to read the following information:
Friday 5 April was the closing date for teachers who intend to apply for certification in 2019 to provide a notice of intention to apply to QCEC.
If you have not completed and provided this form to QCEC but intend to apply in the 2019 certification round please contact QCEC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
· Proficient descriptors
· Highly Accomplished descriptors
· Lead descriptors
QCEC delivered information workshops for principals in July and September 2018. The workshops outlined the HALT certification process and the critical role of principals in informing teachers about certification and in supporting them through the process. A recording of the workshops can be requested by sending an email to email@example.com
Workshops for 2019 have been scheduled according to the calendar listed elsewhere on this page.
What qualifications do I need to undertake the certification?
Teachers must meet the following eligibility criteria:
What is a genuine teaching role?
For the purpose of Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher Certification, AITSL states that in order to be successful, applicants will need to have an ongoing teaching role where they teach students over a period of time, including in a classroom setting, and are responsible for the assessment of students (p.11 AITSL Guide to the Certification of Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers in Australia).
The Queensland College of Teachers advises that a genuine classroom teaching role is one that includes independent planning and preparation of lessons, delivering lessons and differentiating practice to cater for the full range of students over a period of time. Also required is assessment of students, reporting to students and parents on student progress, and reflection and evaluation of teaching and learning.
I will not have a teaching load during the assessment period, can I still apply for certification?
No, if you will not be teaching in the classroom during the assessment period it will not be possible for an Assessor to undertaken the required observations of practice.
Do I need to become a Highly Accomplished teacher before I can become a Lead Teacher?
I am a HALT Assessor can I apply?
No. Teachers cannot apply for certification whilst also being an Assessor.
I don’t meet all of the eligibility criteria, can I still apply?
No. Teachers must meet all of the eligibility criteria in order to be able to apply for certification.
My Principal won’t support my application, can I still apply?
You can apply for certification without the support of your Principal, but they will be required to act as a referee during the assessment process.
When can I undertake the assessment?
Please refer to the HALT Certification Timeline.
Why do I need to attend a teacher information workshop?
Certification is an intensive process for teachers and requires a substantial commitment to put together a portfolio of evidence. Information workshops are designed to give you a detailed understanding of the certification process and the work that is required to undergo assessment.
How much is the assessment fee?
$850 for Stage 1 and $650 for Stage 2. Fees are payable to QCT at the beginning of each Stage. Only those applicants who are successful at Stage 1 will progress to Stage 2.
Why do I have to pay for assessment?
The assessment fee covers some of the costs of using trained assessors.
Will my assessment fee be returned if I am unsuccessful?
No. Assessment fees are paid for assessment not for a result.
If you are unsuccessful at Stage 1, you cannot claim your Stage 1 assessment fee ($850) back and you cannot progress to Stage 2.
If you are successful at Stage 1 you must pay the second stage assessment fee ($650) to progress to Stage 2.
If you are unsuccessful at Stage 2 you cannot claim either your Stage 1 or Stage 2 assessment fees back.
Can my school/employer pay for the assessment?
This is a question for your school/employer.
Can I undertake preparation work for assessment during school time?
This is a question for your school/employer.
Can I use evidence from previous jobs/employers as part of my portfolio of evidence?
Evidence can be from a previous role but it must be from a genuine teaching role within the past five years and verifiable.
What evidence should I provide?
Your must evidence how you meet each of the standards at the career level for which certification is sought (Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher). Each standard must be addressed by at least two pieces of evidence and each of the descriptors at the relevant career stage must be accounted for at least once.
How should I present the evidence?
Please see the HALT submission process 2019 which provides information ont he acceptable formats for digital portfolios. For 2019, applicants from Queensland Catholic schools may submit their portfolios and supporting documents in digital format, hard copy or on USB.
Who undertakes my assessment?
QCEC assessors are a mix of Queensland Catholic school teachers, Catholic School Authority office-based staff and retired teachers. Each has met and continues to meet the QCEC eligibility to be an assessor and has undertaken rigorous AITSL approved training and is accredited as an assessor by AITSL. QCEC manages the deployment of Assessors*.
*If required, QCEC may choose to appoint Assessors from other jurisdictions.
What if I know the Assessor(s) or have previously worked with them?
You must declare this and any conflicts of interest to QCT before the assessment begins.
Who provides the equipment for skype meetings with assessors?
It is expected that you will use equipment within your school or if you choose to do so your own equipment.
How many practice/classroom sessions will be assessed in Stage 2?
As least two 30-minute session will be assessed. Your assessor will discuss with you if additional sessions are required to be assessed.
Will Assessors contact my students?
Assessors will not contact students. Assessors may speak to students within the context of observing classroom practice and this will be discussed with you before the observation takes place.
Who should my referees be?
Your Principal will usually be a referee. Others should be those who know you work well and can communicate how you meet the standards and verify the evidence you have provided against the standards/descriptors.
What format should my referees use for their Referee Statements?
Referees should use the templates provided on the QCEC website for the correct career stage you are applying for.
Is there a specific format or template to record the two classroom observations which much be submitted at Stage 1?
No, please use the format you currently employ in your school. Remember that one observation must have been undertaken by your Principal or their nominated delegate and both observations much be from the past 12 months.
What is the role and responsibilities of my Principal in the certification process?
Principals provide critical support to teachers undertaking Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher Certification. They are involved in each stage of the process and perform activities at each assessment stage which are outlined on the QCEC website under Information for Principals.
Can my Principals delegate their role and responsibilities for the certification process to someone else?
Principals may delegate their role in the assessment process to other members of the school leadership team who have sufficient knowledge of an applicant’s practice. Delegates must be nominated by the Principal using the form available on the QCEC website.
How many referees should I nominate?
You must nominate 3-5 referees. One must be your current Principal.
Can I nominate referees who I worked with in previous roles?
Yes. One must be your current Principal.
Do I have to nominate referees?
Yes, one must be your current Principal.
How long will the assessment take?
Assessments will usually be completed by the end of the calendar year in which you submitted your portfolio. Stage 1 assessments will be completed by the end of Term 3 and Stage 2 assessments will be undertaken in Term 4.
What happens if I am not successful at Stage 1?
You cannot progress to Stage 2. You will be provided with feedback from Stage 1.
What happens if I am not successful at Stage 1 as a Lead teacher, can I continue but be assessed as a Highly Accomplished teacher?
No, your portfolio can only be assessed against the standards for the career level which is sought.
Can I defer?
Once assessment has begun you may choose to withdraw from the certification process. If you withdraw you may not be able to claim back your assessment fee.
I have passed Stage 1 can I defer taking Stage 2 until the next round?
No. If you choose not to progress to Stage 2 you will need to undertake Stage 1 again should you choose to pursue certification.
How many assessments will be run each year?
There will be one assessment round each calendar year.
Who is the Certifying Authority?
Queensland College of Teachers.
When am I appointed as a Highly Accomplished or Lead teacher?
QCEC does not appoint teachers. You are responsible for informing your school/employer about your certification as a Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher.
When does my salary reflect the appointment?
If you inform your school/employer within six months of being certified your salary at the Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher paypoint will be paid from your date of certification. If you inform your employer after this six-month period you will move to the Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher paypoint from the date you informed your employer and provided evidence of your certification.
Can I appeal against a decision and/or ask for a review if I am unsuccessful?
Appeals are a matter for QCT.
What happens if I change jobs/sector/employer during the certification process?
This may affect your ability to continue to meet the eligibility criteria to pursue certification.
What will I be expected to do as a Highly Accomplished or Lead teacher?
This is a question for your school/employer.
Will my certification be recognised if I move schools/employers?
Catholic School Authorities in Queensland have agreed to recognise Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher certification and you will need to provide proof of your certification. Non-Catholic schools in Queensland and all schools interstate will have their own arrangements and you should check with them.
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