TFA expanded into Western Australia in 2015, placing an inaugural cohort of 13 Associates across five schools in Perth, WA. The ‘Reducing Educational Inequity in Kalgoorlie’ project marks the first funding agreement between Teach For Australia and the Ian Potter Foundation, enabling further expansion into the remote community of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.
Kalgoorlie is located approximately 600 kilometres from Perth. At one secondary school in the city, 82 per cent of the students fall in the bottom half of the Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA).
Grant funds will allow for the deployment of a new Teaching and Leadership Adviser (TLA), who will support five new Associates recently placed in Eastern Goldfields College and John Paul College in 2016, as well as allowing for the recruitment of additional Associates in future years.
The TLA will provide instructional coaching to Associates teaching in Kalgoorlie classrooms over their two year program, ensuring that they are equipped with the foundational and leadership skills needed to empower their students towards improved academic outcomes.
The project will benefit other local staff and teachers in the school, who work directly with the Teaching and Leadership Adviser. Other staff will also have the opportunity to mentor our Associates, enabling schools to build their own capacity as leaders in the Kalgoorlie community.
Expansion into the Kalgoorlie-Boulder region will also allow for the further cultivation of Kalgoorlie partner schools Teach For Australia seeks to deepen the initiative’s impact in 2017.
TFA’s WA State Manager John Inverarity said that Kalgoorlie was the perfect place to expand the initiative into a regional setting in Western Australia:
“Personally, I am of the view that Kalgoorlie, which is quite remote, is a perfect place for these young men and women to become fully involved, not only with their school community but with the wider community as well.”
The Ian Potter Foundation is one of Australia’s major philanthropic foundations. It was established in 1964 by Australian financier, businessman and philanthropist, Sir Ian Potter (1902 – 1994). The Foundation makes grants nationally to support charitable organisations working to benefit the community across a wide range of sectors including the arts, environment, science, medical research, education and community wellbeing.