Develop highly effective teachers as leaders

We empower talented people to become great teachers and lead others to achieve their potential.

Our Leadership Development Program is a formative experience that ingrains in Associates a lifetime commitment to addressing educational disadvantage.

Through the two-year program, Associates build the knowledge, skills and mindsets that they need to have a positive impact on students and schools.

The program includes:

  • a 13-week Initial Intensive program comprising seven weeks online learning and six weeks in-residence, working 10 to 12 hours per day and including two weeks of school-based practicum;
  • three subsequent intensive programs in school holidays;
  • completion of a Master of Teaching (Secondary) degree while undertaking an 80 per cent teaching load;
  • support from several teaching advisers and mentors who provide frequent classroom observation and feedback and help link theory learnt in study to best practice in the classroom; and
  • advice from leadership coaches who are volunteers from the education, government, business and community sectors.


We provide Associates with comprehensive support throughout the two-year program.

All of our Associates are allocated a dedicated Teaching and Leadership Adviser for two years who, through rigorous coaching, provide targeted guidance on the development of Associates’ teaching practice as well as pastoral care to maintain their wellbeing.

Our university partner staff support and supervise Associates through their degree, providing guidance to their progress within the profession and ensuring academic success.

Associates are also part of a national network of teachers and leaders who all want to end educational disadvantage. Peer relationships create a collegial network, sharing best practice, offering emotional support and reinforcing their commitment.

We support Associates to accelerate their successful demonstration of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

According to a three year independent evaluation by the Australian Council of Educational Research completed in 2013, 100 per cent of principals surveyed indicated that they had benefited from the program and agreed that the employment-based nature of the Teach For Australia model is an effective way to train teachers.

“My vision is for every student, of all levels of ability, to want and therefore strive to realise every ounce of potential they have. Having gone to an ‘underprivileged’ school myself, I understand the difficulties faced by students in an environment where it is tough to be really ambitious when perhaps others around you are not striving as hard as you are.

I feel one of my greatest strengths as a teacher is my ability to motivate my students to work harder than anyone else, and insist that they dream big and strive to achieve their best. It is something I insist upon, regardless of the student.” – Shaun Isbister, Cohort 2010 Associate, Leading Teacher Pathways and Transitions, Mill Park Secondary College

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