I will remember this year in education for... the opportunity to work with our VIT Council to develop our new strategic plan, drawing on current initiatives and developing future directions to strengthen the quality of teachers in Victoria.
Our proudest achievements at VIT this year have been... implementing the Government’s Special Needs Plan for Victorian Schools, with over 89,000 teachers completing PD about learners with special needs and reporting it beneficial to their practice; taking a lead role in implementing Victorian Education State initial teacher education reforms, including a new selection framework raising 2018 entry standards; partnering with the Department of Education and Training (DET) and Teacher Learning Network to provide support for casual relief teachers and developing Aboriginal cultural awareness modules in partnership with DET; implementing Reportable Conduct reforms to strengthen child safety; and finally, trialling a fully online registration process for new graduates.
I think the biggest issue for our registered teachers in 2018 will be... the constant evolution of technological change and how it will impact on the teaching profession. At VIT we will continue to look for ways to incorporate new technology to make completing registration requirements easier for teachers. One of these enhancements will be the continued roll-out of fully online registration for new graduates in our continuing commitment to simplify processes for time-poor teachers.
What I’m really looking forward to in the coming year is... the challenge of supporting high standards in teacher practice and conduct, continuing the implementation of national and state education reforms, and continuing our commitment to self-reflection and the pursuit of continuous improvement in our aim to be the trusted regulator of a respected profession.