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Recency of Practice

'Recency of practice' for purposes of renewal of registration means that a person has practised as a teacher, whether or not on a full-time basis, for at least one year within the five year period of registration. 'One year' is defined as 200 days or 1000 hours of teaching. A 'teacher' is a person who delivers an educational program, assesses student participation in an educational program, and/or administers or provides consistent and substantial leadership to an educational program. The teaching must be in a school or in another setting delivering an educational program prescribed under the Education (Queensland College of Teachers) Act 2005. This requires the educational program to be based on a syllabus or kindergarten guideline approved or accredited by the Qld Studies Authority*.

*Please note that, as the QSA Kindergarten Learning Guideline will not be available until 2011,  teaching experience  prior to 2011 with the Pre-Prep year (ie with 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 year old students) in C&K Kindergartens and in other early childhood settings using the Early Years Learning Framework is also acceptable for recency of practice purposes.

Members of the profession who do not meet recency of practice requirements in a period of registration can have their full registration renewed and will not be required to meet the CPD requirements for renewal of registration at the end of that period of registration. However, their registration will be renewed subject to a Returning to Teaching condition. Should these teachers wish to continue or return to teaching in a school, they will be required to complete a 'Returning to Teaching' program in the year prior to or during the first 12 months of returning to teaching in a school, to ensure that their knowledge, skills and practice are up to date.

For additional information see 'Frequently Asked Questions' (FAQs)

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