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13 February 2020

Tell a Different Story with Teach For Australia

Applications are now open to join Teach For Australia’s newest cohort of Associates through its award winning Leadership Development Program.

As it stands, not every child in Australia has access to the education they deserve: children from the lowest income households are on average three years behind in school. Teach For Australia (TFA) seeks to break the cycle of educational inequity, to level the playing field for young people across Australia.

The Leadership Development Program is an employment based pathway into teaching, where Associates study towards their Master of Teaching in partnership with ACU, while teaching in schools serving low socioeconomic communities.

Teach For Australia Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Melodie Potts Rosevear, is looking forward to seeing thousands of highly talented individuals apply for the highly competitive program.

“For the past 11 years we have proven it’s possible to attract exceptional people into the teaching profession to work in schools serving low socioeconomic communities. We’ve attracted lawyers, engineers, scientists, senior partners at accounting firms, wine makers and even a noble prize winner to the program, all because they have been committed to improving educational outcomes across the country,” Ms Potts Rosevear said.

Successful candidates teach subject areas directly related to their previous studies – and they become part of a dedicated community committed to tackling educational inequity.

“We attract subject specialists, especially those people with STEM skills – who have practiced their passion, and now want to pass that knowledge on to young people across the country,” Ms Potts Rosevear said.

Teach For Australia is this year, excited to launch a new recruitment campaign aimed at inspiring individuals to ‘Tell A Different Story’. The campaign will challenge people’s ideas about how they could be making the biggest impact, by encouraging them to take a different, less predictable path to the career they may have been envisioning for themselves. It’s designed to highlight the impact and leadership that teaching in low socioeconomic communities can deliver.

Teach For Australia has worked closely with Melbourne-based creative agency TOFU to develop the new campaign which is designed to attract exceptional people to enter the teaching profession.

“This campaign is all about challenging people’s ideas about what the ‘stock-standard’ pathways for leadership and impact look like. Our creative juxtaposes the mundane thoughts and feelings our audience might be having, with the bright and lively imagery of teaching in a classroom, inspiring them to ‘tell a different story’ and apply,” said TOFU Director, Evan Karas.