Teach For Australia partners exclusively with schools serving low socioeconomic communities, aiming to meet the needs of each school’s unique context and support the school to lift student outcomes.
Associates agree to teach in the school for a minimum of two years. Teach For Australia places Associates in clusters within schools and groups of nearby schools and supports schools with professional development, including training for in-school mentors in pedagogical coaching, pastoral care and leadership development.
Over 40 per cent of Associates are working in regional communities, filling hard-to-staff positions. Associates and Alumni are beginning to cluster within the leadership teams of schools, helping achieve school improvement.
“Teach For Australia has supported the college in changing the way that education is perceived in Juvenile Justice in Victoria. The knowledge expertise and devotion instilled through the program have provided our school with educators that constantly drive for greater effectiveness. Teach For Australia teachers are helping children in detention experience education from a teacher they deserve.”
– Matthew Hyde, Campus Principal, Parkville College
Students in regional schools are on average half to three-quarters of a school year behind their metropolitan peers in maths and science. (ACER 2013) Among students in remote schools, this gap grows to one-and-a-half to two years. (ACER 2013) Distance should not disadvantage students.
Over 170 Associates have been placed in regional and remote communities, including Portland and Horsham in Victoria, Katherine and Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory and Kalgoorlie in Western Australia.
Alumni have committed to these communities, taking on senior leadership roles, including principals and assistant principals.
“There has been a significant difference to student learning due to the determination and passion that the Associates bring to the classroom.”
– Maisie Floyd, Principal, Tennant Creek High School, Northern Territory