In Australia, children from low income households are almost three years behind students from high income households. Fortunately, it is possible for students to catch up. Quality teaching and school leadership are critical contributors to breaking the cycle of disadvantage.
This April on SBS, Testing Teachers will follow the experience of six Teach For Australia teachers in their first years of teaching as they confront Australia’s education gap head on.
A new SBS three-part documentary series will explore the wide and varied challenges facing students, teachers and schools in low socioeconomic communities.
Follow Emmanuel, Fiona, Kitty, Sasha, Stephanie and Will who teach across three schools in outer metropolitan and remote Australia. The documentary captures their experiences across 12 months of completing our two-year teacher training and leadership program.
There will be challenges but each teacher is supported by experienced colleagues, professionals and others who you’ll meet along the way. The teachers are also equipped with key competencies, such as resilience and a commitment to making a difference in children’s lives.
An invitation from our Founder and CEO as we kick off our Testing Teachers campaign.Read more
Rewatch episode one of Testing Teachers.Watch here
Hear Felicity discuss her work supporting the teachers at Southern River College.Listen here
“But it’s the people, their journeys… that will keep us coming back for more.”Read more
“…required viewing for anybody considering a career in the classroom.”Read more
The Western Australian meets Stephanie ahead of Testing Teachers.Read more
Read the latest interview with Kitty ahead of Testing Teachers going to air.Read more
The Australian spoke to Will ahead of Testing Teachers.Read more
In Australia today, the postcode you’re born in can radically impact your entire future.
Watch this animation for a snapshot of educational disadvantage in Australia:
Children who are from low socioeconomic backgrounds, are Indigenous Australians, from a rural or remote community or from a refugee or asylum seeker background are more likely to face additional barriers that impact on what they can achieve at school and in life.
Without addressing the barriers these students face, the gap in academic achievement often grows over the course of their education.
A snapshot of educational disadvantage in Australia.Read more
Can your postcode determine your level of education?Read more
Education disadvantage is not a characteristic. It’s not something a child chooses.Read more
Chris, Teach For Australia Alumnus, blogs on the economic forces at play.Read more
Despite the barriers that children from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds face, it is possible for them to catch up. Quality teaching and school leadership are key.
In Australia, students taught by the highest performing teachers have been found to learn as much in six months as what the lowest performing teachers accomplish in a year (Leigh, 2010).
We need high-quality teachers in classrooms and strong individuals leading our schools who are dedicated to supporting students to succeed.
To support teachers and leaders, as a country we need to:
It’s possible for students from educationally disadvantaged communities to catch up.Read more
“The most important thing a teacher can do is get to know who their students are.”Read more
Bowman, 2016 Cohort, blogs for The Huffington Post Australia.Read more
Cindy, 2016 Cohort, blogs on why it’s the small wins that really matter.Read more
Listen to an interview between a principal and his student on the topic of leadership.Listen
Our Director of Teaching and Leadership talks to Education HQ Australia about our program.Read more
Read more about our promise to tackle educational disadvantage.Read more