Teach For Australia (TFA) is delighted to have been allocated funding as part of the Commonwealth Government’s new High Achieving Teachers Program.
The funding allows TFA to bring more high-quality graduates and professionals to teach in schools serving low socioeconomic communities, while achieving a Master’s Degree in Teaching (Secondary) (Professional Practice) with ACU.
Since 2010, over 800 teachers (known as Associates) have been placed as part of the TFA Leadership Development Program, which has impacted close to 250,000 students.
Building on these outcomes and proven model, TFA welcomed the Government’s decision to expand employment based programs through the High Achieving Teachers Program tender process. We are grateful to have received further funding for our important work alongside ACU through this program, and are pleased to see other universities exploring the benefits of employment based teacher education models.
This continued funding points to our success and classroom impact and aligns with independent evaluation findings that Associates’ early demonstration of highly accomplished Australian Professional Standards for Teachers is developing a pipeline of leaders, and Associates appear to have an accelerated path into formalised leadership roles. In addition, it recognizes that TFA is an innovative model which has lessons for the wider Initial Teacher Education (ITE) sector.
With the ongoing support of the Commonwealth Government, TFA continues to partner exclusively with schools serving low socioeconomic communities, with a focus on working together to improve student and school outcomes.
In 2019, TFA welcomed its tenth and largest Cohort of 153 Associates into classrooms, who will teach for a minimum of two years while they achieve a Master’s Degree in Teaching (Secondary) (Professional Practice) with ACU. More than half of this year’s placements (56%) were in regional or remote schools, with 45% filling critical teaching gaps in STEM subjects. All placements made as part of the program fill genuine teaching vacancies in schools serving low socioeconomic communities.
Melodie Potts Rosevear, Chief Executive Officer of Teach For Australia, welcomes the continued support of the Australian Government.
“We are committed to an Australia, where all children, regardless of background, attain an excellent education.
“We are grateful for the continued support from our major supporter, the Australian Government, along with the support that we receive from state and territory governments and the philanthropic and corporate sectors.
“It is through this support that we can continue to enlist more great talent in tackling the biggest risk to Australia’s future prosperity – the inequity in our educational outcomes. No one person or institution will be able to amass the changes required, but a group of committed actors across our system can and that is what we hope to generate.
“We look forward to continuing to work with Federal, State and Territory Governments, universities, schools, families, community organisations, corporate and philanthropic institutions to address educational equity in Australia,” said Ms Potts Rosevear.
Minster for Education Hon Dan Tehan has praised the initiative in its ability to bring highly qualified teachers where they are most needed. “Our children should be taught by our best and brightest and this program provides alternative pathways into teaching for people who are passionate about education,” Mr Tehan said.
“We know that within the school environment teachers can have the biggest positive impact on a student’s education and this program will respond to demand experienced by schools in regional areas and low socio-economic communities.”