Does your child want to become a Teacher?

Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli has encouraged high achieving HSC students to consider teaching as a career. He made the call, which was widely reported in the media, at a recent meeting with 2015 HSC students, who hope to study teaching next year.

"Teaching is an incredibly important and rewarding job and I encourage this year's HSC students to consider it as a career," Mr Piccoli said.

Under the Great Teaching, Inspired Learning (GTIL) reforms to improve teacher quality, students will need a minimum of three Band 5s including English, in their HSC, or equivalent, to enter an accredited undergraduate teaching degree from 2016. This new minimum standard means future teachers will be drawn from the top 30 per cent of HSC students.

NSW was the first state to set minimum academic standards for entry into undergraduate teaching degrees, and to require teacher education students to pass nationalliteracy and numeracy tests (LANTITE) prior to their last professional experience placement and graduation. Last month other states also agreed to require student teachers to pass LANTITE tests before they graduate.