Eighty-five teachers from across NSW have been recognised at the top levels of national accreditation.

Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said teachers who achieve Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher (HALT) accreditation have met the highest standards for Australian teachers, requiring them to demonstrate the effectiveness, innovation and influence of their teaching practices.

“These teachers are not only leaders and advisors in the classroom, they lead innovation and change across their school, region, NSW and beyond,” Ms Mitchell said.

“I’m inspired by the commitment of these outstanding teachers to ensuring their professional practice is making an impact in the classroom and sharing their methods and results with colleagues far and wide.”

The NSW Government recently set an ambitious target to recognise at least 2,500 expert teachers with HALT accreditation – a tenfold increase by 2025.

“NSW has some of the most talented teachers in the nation and we want them to be recognised and remunerated for their impact. We’ve streamlined the application process and will provide greater support to teachers at each stage,” Ms Mitchell said.

The 85 new teachers who have attained HALT accreditation are from across the state at primary schools in places such as Crescent Head, Camden, Dapto, Emu Plains, Blackheath and Lansvale in Sydney’s west, and high schools in Moruya, the Murrumbidgee, Wellington, the Central Coast, the Far North Coast and the Illawarra region.

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