Regional visits to mark 50 years of teacher registration
Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 126 No 4, 28 May 2021, page no.28
Trading Toowong for Townsville (and other regional towns!), leaders of the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) are heading north and west for a series of regional visits across Queensland.
Preparations are underway for six events at which QCT heads will meet with teachers, university educators and education leaders from across the sectors, to celebrate 50 years of a teacher registration authority in Queensland.
Destinations for this year’s events are: Townsville, Bundaberg, Toowoomba, Cairns, Rockhampton and Longreach.
QCT Chair Wendy Patton and QCT Director Deanne Fishburn are looking forward to meeting with teachers.
“We are very proud to be celebrating this education milestone with our stakeholders,” Wendy said.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for the college to hear from teachers, as well as present a little of our history and share a slice of cake with the people who support the profession.”
During the visits, participants will also be invited to hear from teachers about the importance of teacher regulation, both to the profession and to their own career journey.
“Historically, Queensland led the country with the founding of an organisation to register teachers, the establishing of professional standards, and the creation of systems to support and maintain these standards. This is an achievement we should all be proud to celebrate together,” Wendy said.
Queensland was the first Australian state to introduce teacher registration in all schools with the first meeting of the Board of Teacher Education – a predecessor to the current Queensland College of Teachers – on 16 June 1971.
The QTU was, and continues to be, a key partner supporting the establishment of the Board of Teacher Education (1971–1988), the Board of Teacher Registration (1989–2005), and the current Queensland College of Teachers (2006 to the present day).
Plans for this year’s celebration have been in development throughout 2020, through regular meetings of a Stakeholder Reference Group with representatives from parent groups, employing authorities, teacher unions and principal associations.
A number of initiatives have been endorsed by the group, including:
- a stakeholder dinner at Brisbane City Hall
- a photographic competition with the theme “Past Present and Future — Look how far we have come”
- the QCT’s eNews publication (https://qldct.schoolzineplus.com/archive) with articles shining a spotlight on key organisational areas to highlight the breadth of the work undertaken by the college.
QCT chair Wendy Patton recognises the support of the QTU in these initiatives: “The QCT appreciates the strong partnership with, and the ongoing support of, the QTU.
“In this anniversary year, the support of the QTU in terms of sponsorship as well as in sharing news and achievements through its Journal is very highly valued.”
The QCT website (https://www.qct.edu.au/50years) has more about celebrating 50 years of teacher regulation in Queensland.