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Accreditation requirements for staff
The fundamental and distinctive character of Lutheran education emphasises excellence in education coupled with strong pastoral care. We employ staff from many faith backgrounds and it is important to us that people working for us understand and are committed to helping us maintain our Lutheran distinctiveness.
Indeed teachers who want to work in Lutheran education are required to gain accreditation to teach in a Lutheran school. Accreditation is national, being granted by Lutheran Education Australia.
Teachers teaching Christian Studies typically spend three years attending a program called Equip. This program, comprising 10 full day workshops, helps teachers grow in their classroom pedagogy and apply that pedagogy to the teaching of Christian Studies. Teachers work with their colleagues building their understanding of inquiry-based learning and of theology. Upon successful presentation of a portfolio of student work, and of attendance at Pathways Spiritual, teachers gain their accreditation.
Teachers not teaching Christian Studies also do a three year program called Pathways. During those three years they look at Pathways Spiritual, Pathways Theological and Pathways Vocational, in the process learning about the ethos that underpins Lutheran education.
Pathways is typically run by the school either after hours or in pupil free days.