The global skills and competency framework for the digital world

Teaching TEAC


Delivering and assessing curricula in a structured and systematic education environment.

SFIA 9 is in development

  • SFIA 9 beta due in early July 2024
  • SFIA 9 planned for publication October 2024

Guidance notes


Teaching focuses on:

  • developing an understanding of the principles, approaches and practices that underpin a specified topic or knowledge area
  • the methods, techniques and practice of teaching (pedagogy).

This skill is generic and can be applied to the teaching of any topic or knowledge area. In the context of the SFIA framework, this includes:

  • the topics and knowledge areas supporting any of the skills described in the SFIA framework
  • and the application of these topics and knowledge areas to other disciplines and practices.

In the context of computing and IT curricula, the topics addressed are typically:

  • common digital skills needed to safely benefit from, participate in and contribute to the digital world for everyday life and work
  • fundamental and more advanced aspects of specific topics and knowledge areas including emerging technologies and new applications for existing technologies
  • the ideas of computational thinking and the application of computational concepts to everyday life and professional working practices.

Understanding the responsibility levels of this skill

Where lower levels are not defined...

  • Specific tasks and responsibilities are not defined because the skill requires a higher level of autonomy, influence, and complexity in decision-making than is typically expected at these levels. You can use the essence statements to understand the generic responsibilities associated with these levels.

Where higher levels are not defined...

  • Responsibilities and accountabilities are not defined because these higher levels involve strategic leadership and broader organisational influence that goes beyond the scope of this specific skill. See the essence statements.

Developing skills and demonstrating responsibilities related to this skill

The defined levels show the incremental progression in skills and reponsibilities.

Where lower levels are not defined...

You can develop your knowledge and support others who do have responsibility in this area by:

  • Learning key concepts and principles related to this skill and its impact on your role
  • Performing related skills (see the related SFIA skills)
  • Supporting others with tasks (generic examples are provided by the essence statements for each level)

Where higher levels are not defined...

  • You can progress by developing related skills which are better suited to higher levels of organisational leadership.


Defined at these levels: 2 3 4 5 6 7

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Level 1

Level 1 - Follow: Essence of the level: Performs routine tasks under close supervision, follows instructions, and requires guidance to complete their work. Learns and applies basic skills and knowledge.

Teaching: Level 2

Level 2 - Assist: Essence of the level: Provides assistance to others, works under routine supervision, and uses their discretion to address routine problems. Actively learns through training and on-the-job experiences.


Contributes to the delivery of aspects of computing and IT curricula in a formal educational context.

Applies good practice in learning content design, development and delivery.

Assesses student performance in aspects of a curriculum area, providing support to enhance student understanding as needed.

Teaching: Level 3

Level 3 - Apply: Essence of the level: Performs varied tasks, sometimes complex and non-routine, using standard methods and procedures. Works under general direction, exercises discretion, and manages own work within deadlines. Proactively enhances skills and impact in the workplace.


Delivers the majority of a curriculum.

Applies good practice in learning content design, development and delivery. Maintains awareness of relevant pedagogical and domain research.

Assesses student performance across a curriculum. Provides feedback and support to help students improve their understanding.

Teaching: Level 4

Level 4 - Enable: Essence of the level: Performs diverse complex activities, supports and supervises others, works autonomously under general direction, and contributes expertise to deliver team objectives.


Delivers a curriculum.

Applies good practice supported by pedagogical research to learning content design, development and delivery.

Assesses student performance and reviews cohort performance. Advises and assists students to enable the achievement of learning objectives.

Teaching: Level 5

Level 5 - Ensure, advise: Essence of the level: Provides authoritative guidance in their field and works under broad direction. Accountable for achieving workgroup objectives and managing work from analysis to execution and evaluation.


Leads the teaching and assessment of a curriculum or learning pathway.

Implements enhancement strategies for teaching and assessment. Reviews pedagogical research and practices relevant to topics in the curricula. Applies good teaching practices in learning content design, development and delivery.

Contributes to the development and implementation of specialist teaching practices needed by the curriculum.

Evaluates and monitors student achievements and the effectiveness of teaching activities across the curriculum. Advises on the use of appropriate pedagogies and assessment approaches.

Teaching: Level 6

Level 6 - Initiate, influence: Essence of the level: Has significant organisational influence, makes high-level decisions, shapes policies, demonstrates leadership, fosters organizational collaboration, and accepts accountability in key areas.


Leads the teaching, assessment and enhancement of a range of curricula or learning pathways.

Reviews and critically evaluates pedagogical research and practices relevant to the curricula. Develops and leads the introduction of advanced or specialist teaching practices.

Leads and supports others in the development of good practice in learning content design, development and delivery.

Monitors, evaluates and reports the performance of teaching and assessment activities within their areas of responsibility.

Teaching: Level 7

Level 7 - Set strategy, inspire, mobilise: Essence of the level: Operates at the highest organisational level, determines overall organisational vision and strategy, and assumes accountability for overall success.


Authorises teaching, assessment and enhancement strategies for a broad range of curricula or learning pathways.

Directs the definition, implementation, and monitoring of teaching to satisfy relevant statutory and professional benchmarks and frameworks.

Secures resources to deliver the organisation's teaching commitments.

Monitors and evaluates relevant domain and pedagogical research to identify and implement improvements to the delivery of the curricula.