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What is Astute Teacher?

Who is Astute Teacher for?

Why use Astute Teacher?

The exciting features of Astute Teacher.

The Standards Dashboard

New appraisal template

The Appraisal Annual Summary Report

Goals and evidences

What is Astute Teacher?

With the introduction of the Standards for the Teaching Profession (2017) we have been reminded of the requirement for Registered Teachers to formally demonstrate ongoing competency. The development of portfolios is considered to be an appropriate way to not only fulfill these legislative requirements but also for the purposes of an effective ongoing appraisal system and professional growth of teachers in regards to their practice.

Astute Teacher is a secure web-based portfolio that shows a teachers growth and development. Astute Teacher shows teachers actively engaged with the New Zealand Standards for the Teaching Profession. It allows mentors and professional leaders to provide feedback and support in regards to registration and / or appraisal goals.

Astute Teacher allows you to develop a culture of continuous improvement and learning as you build your portfolio of reflections backed by evidence, set goals, maintain a personal reading and professional development log and undergo appraisals. View your observations and feedback all in one place online.

The portfolio is available for viewing at anytime and can be accessed with a unique username and password.

Who is Astute Teacher for?

Astute Teacher was designed specifically for New Zealand Registered Teachers.

Astute Teacher can be used by any education organisation or educator that works with the New Zealand Standards for the Teaching Profession including:

  • Early Childhood Education and Care Services
  • Primary Schools
  • Intermediate Schools
  • Secondary Schools

Why use Astute Teacher?

Astute Teacher allows you to:

  • Collect evidence online for gaining and maintaining teacher registration
  • Set and track goals online
  • Receive feedback and support online for learning and accountability outcomes
  • Teachers, Mentors and Professional Leaders have a clear understanding of your progress and achievement.

The exciting features of Astute Teacher.

Gain multiple benefits from one tool

It brings together teacher registration and appraisals. Encourages teachers growth as it is based on reflective practice.

Flexible and customisable

You can set your own goals based on your interests, and areas for development. You can collect, reflect on and share your achievements and development online in a space you control, creating a personal portfolio of your learning as a teacher.

Save time and money

No more big bulky folders to cart around and misplace. No need for printing. Accessible anywhere, anytime.

Secure Access

We take security of your data seriously. No one can access any of your online records until they have received a valid Astute Teacher registration and login, and you have requested or accepted a direct request to connect.

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The Standards Dashboard

Astute Teacher provides two key overviews which captures a teachers level of engagement with their teacher registration and appraisal process.



New appraisal template

Our new appraisal template provides easy to follow steps through each section of the appraisal area for effective and robust appraisal process.

This comprehensive template clearly identifies the roles and responsibilities of the Appraisee and Appraiser and is based on the annual appraisal cycle using Standards for the Teaching Profession. The structure of the entire process reflects the philosophy that appraisal is a joint responsibility undertaken by the teacher as appraisee and leader as appraiser.

The appraisal provides a record of growth for each individual with multiple perspectives on their ongoing teaching practice, ways to take it forward, with identified areas of strength and areas of development.

Each of the evidence uploaded within the programme builds up the portfolio in a way that can easily be verified by appraiser. Everything stays with you accessible over the cloud.

The Appraisal Annual Summary Report

All completed appraisals display a record of the conversations around goals and/or inquiry, using Standards for the Teaching Profession as the basis for the annual appraisal cycle.

A digitally signed copy of the report along with an indication on whether the Standards have been met or not, is available from your online account, and in a printable format or in a PDF format.

The report showcases the growth of your teaching practice along with the support provided to you by your Mentors in the areas of direction and guidance.



Goals and evidences

Astute Teacher provides you with a simple and easy to use interface where you can show your goal setting and evidence of practice. The goal setting along with the ability to link them with the Standards and evidences provides a holistic framework to your evidence gathering and working in a collaborative environment.

You can post your Reflections, Readings, Professional Development within your portfolio and the feedback from your mentor observations is also incorporated within a dashboard, to give you valuable insights into the growth and the progress and the support provided within your learning journey.

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