The national professional standards for teachers in Australia are public statements of what institutes teacher quality teaching standards. The professional standards describe what constitutes to be quality work for teachers, and make explicit the features of high quality, and effective teaching methods of this century, which will enhance the educational outcomes for students. The national professional standards for teacher do this by providing a framework that provides a clear practice, knowledge, and professional engagement required for teachers throughout their profession. The standard stated in the professional standards inform the development of national learning goals, and give a framework through which educators can judge the success of teaching and learning by facilitating self-assessment, and self-reflection. Teachers can use guidelines stipulated in the national professional standards to acknowledge the present teaching abilities. The national professional standards help to foster professionalism, and increase the status of the profession. This article will examine the expectation of a graduate and a lead teacher. This article will compare the expectation of graduate and lead teachers in regard to national professional standards for teachers’ number four. The standard number four sets standards for creating and maintain supportive and safe learning environments.
Creating safe and supportive learning environments is fundamental in order to optimise students’ performance, and learning potential. This standard facilitates the development of measures that will enhance student participation and engagement in classroom (Caldwell & Loader, 2010).