Expensive taxpayer-funded courses that train teachers to play MINECRAFT and make tapestries are being scrapped
- Instructors teach how to play the popular video game set that is being scrapped
- NSW Education Standards Authority assesses 42,000 approved courses
- Accredited education courses are Tapestry Weaving and Rainbow Kids Yoga
- All courses were assessed directly by the NSW Minister of Education
- They will have to prove that they improve the quality of classroom teaching
Courses that train teachers to weave tapestries and play video games will be ditched if the government withdraws professional development programs funded by taxpayers.
Full-time teachers in New South Wales can choose from over 42,000 courses to meet their requirement to complete at least 100 hours of professional development every five years.
Courses accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) include Minecraft in the classroom, Tapestry Weaving and one called 100 Breakfast Bowls.
Courses teaching teachers how to play Minecraft will be dropped if the government of the state NSW cuts back the number of accredited training courses (image)
Tapestry Weaving, a course called 100 Breakfast Bowls, Rainbow Kids Yoga, and Exploring Sexualities & Gender Diversity for the Professional Teacher are also listed among the courses currently accredited for teacher professional development (stock image)
But State Secretary of Education Sarah Mitchell has announced that each of the courses – offered by more than 782 different course providers – will be reviewed immediately, The Daily Telegraph reported.
The six-hour Minecraft course sells online for $ 269 per person.
Also included in the thousands of courses that teachers offer are Rainbow Kids Yoga and Exploring Sexualities & Gender Diversity for the Professional Teacher.
Courses on the list will now have to prove that they improve the quality of classroom teaching, Ms. Mitchell said.
NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said she asked the state education authority to conduct an ‘immediate evaluation’ of the professional development process
NESA’s revised list of accredited courses will take effect next year.
“It is crucial that this time be spent productively – with teachers engaged in activities that actually help their practice,” said Mrs. Mitchell.
“I asked NESA to immediately review their accreditation process for professional development providers and their courses.”
“I want our teachers to have access to the best possible professional development courses so they can continuously improve their vital role as teachers for the students of NSW.”
She said courses would instead focus on delivering quality over quantity after the assessment, which would reduce the number of courses offered.
ACCREDITED TRAINING COURSES TEACHERS CAN TAKE NEW SOUTH WALES
Beginner’s guide to Minecraft in the classroom
Advanced applications of Minecraft in the classroom
Empathy Mindset Masterclass
Going Green in Early Childhood: An Introduction to Everyday Sustainability
100 breakfast bowls