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The Teachers' Guild is the oldest teachers' organisation in New South Wales and in more than a century has had an abiding theme: a concern with the professional development of teachers.


At the time of its foundation in 1891, a widely disparate group of practitioners laid claim to the title of teacher. There were many small private schools whose standards were low, and no registration of schools existed. The Teachers' Guild was founded by a group of leading educators to redress this situation. For many years the key activity of the Guild was the operation of the Teachers' Central Registry, which sought to place suitably qualified teachers in schools of which the Guild approved.

The Guild was concerned with curriculum standards and for many years, prior to the establishment of education unions and Heads' organisations, was represented on syllabus committees of subjects covered in the compulsory years of secondary education.


An ongoing concern was the lack of training for independent school teachers. This became especially critical after World War II when the Guild established a Teacher Training Committee which established a diploma course providing a basic in-service qualification for those who would otherwise have been completely unqualified. During the 1970s the Guild Teachers' College extended its operations in teacher training but the rationalisation of teacher training in the early 1980s led to its amalgamation with the Sydney College of Advanced Education.


In recent years the Guild has been chiefly concerned with professional development activities not otherwise provided by the many subject associations or other bodies such as universities or employer organizations; and with a suite of Awards which recognize outstanding teachers at varying stages of their professional lives. By contrast, the Teachers' Guild is a body of teachers who seek to provide opportunities for professional development within their own profession. Now in its second century, the Teachers' Guild remains true to its original purpose: teachers seeking to promote better standards of teaching.

More information about the History of The Teachers' Guild of New South Wales can be viewed here.

Celebrating 125 years of the Teachers’ Guild of NSW, Caring for Education can be viewed here.

The Care of Education can be viewed here.

125th Anniversary Article can be viewed here.

Celebrating 130 years of the Teachers’ Guild of NSW, STRONGER THAN EVER can be viewed here.

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