You asked: I have spent the last four years working towards my Masters of Educational Leadership. Will this qualification contribute in any way towards my attainment of lead teacher status?
Congratulations on attaining your Masters. Under the AITSL Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, Lead Teachers are described as follows:
Lead teachers are recognised and respected by colleagues, parents/carers and community members as exemplary teachers. They have demonstrated consistent and innovative teaching practice over time. Inside and outside the school they initiate and lead activities that focus on improving educational opportunities for all students. They establish inclusive learning environments, meeting the needs of students from different linguistic, cultural, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. They continue to seek ways to improve their own practice and to share their experience with colleagues.
They are skilled in mentoring teachers and pre-service teachers, using activities that develop knowledge, practice and professional engagement in others. They promote creative, innovative thinking among colleagues.
They apply skills and in-depth knowledge and understanding to deliver effective lessons and learning opportunities and share this information with colleagues and pre-service teachers. They describe the relationship between highly effective teaching and learning in ways that inspire colleagues to improve their own professional practice.
They lead processes to improve student performance by evaluating and revising programs, analysing student assessment data and taking account of feedback from parents/carers. This is combined with a synthesis of current research on effective teaching and learning.
They represent the school and the teaching profession in the community. They are professional, ethical and respected individuals within and outside the school.
The classification of Lead Teacher is a nationally recognised standard and certification at this level is regulated (in NSW) by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES)
Further information on this process in NSW is set out at this link: http://www.nswteachers.nsw.edu.au/current-teachers/apply-for-lead-teacher-accreditation/
As you have attained your Masters in Educational Leadership, it is likely that you are performing at a higher level within your school community and will therefore have more opportunities to demonstrate your competence at this level. You would still need to go through the separate certification process with BOSTES to be classified at this higher level.
Having a Masters in Educational Leadership may also assist you in attaining other Leadership positions across Catholic System of Schools, for example, positions such as Assistant Principals or Religious Education coordinators. You may be concerned that the Proposed Agreement does not reference these positions and that these Leadership positions will be abolished. This is not in fact the case. For the time being, all existing Promotions positions will continue, but we want to engage staff into a discussion about how leadership structures in schools would work as we shift to a standards focus, including classifications at levels of Highly Accomplished and Lead teacher level. (If you read the standards, a lot of the work of Coordinators is covered by the work of Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers).