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Frequently asked questions

Leadership Development Program

What is the Leadership Development Program?

Over two years, you will:

  • Teach at a school serving a low socioeconomic community, with full salary and benefits.
  • Earn a Master of Teaching (Secondary) (Professional Practice) through ACU on an assisted scholarship.
  • Receive one-on-one coaching and mentoring to accelerate personal, professional and academic growth.

Are some subject areas more in demand than others?

Yes! Australia suffers from the greatest shortage of teachers in areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics—with maths and physics the most in-demand teaching subjects in schools. If you are qualified to teach a Humanities subject, there is less demand. If you have humanities learning areas, we strongly recommend you speak to our Recruitment team about your regional flexibility and potentially upskilling (which is easier than you think!).

 

Do you just teach secondary students, or is it primary school too?

We currently only place our Associates in secondary schools.

How are people selected?

We look for well-rounded and passionate individuals who have the qualities to create change, inside the classroom and beyond. We are looking for your ability to demonstrate the following eight competencies, which are based on evidence of effectiveness in the classroom: (1) Leadership and achievement, (2) Commitment to our vision and mission, (3) Communication and influencing ability, (4) Problem solving, (5) Organisational and planning ability, (6) Resilience, (7) Humility, respect and empathy, (8) Learning and self-evaluation.

How can I find out more?

Please email apply@teachforaustralia.org.

How do I know if I’m eligible?

To be eligible for the Leadership Development Program, you need to meet the following criteria:

  1. You must be an Australian citizen or Permanent Resident at time of applying (New Zealand citizens must have Australian Permanent Residency at the time of applying).
  2. You must hold a Bachelor degree in a discipline other than teaching by end of the year.
  3. You must be willing to accept a placement within Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania or the Northern Territory.
  4. Be able to enrol in at least two learning areas.

What are learning areas?

Learning areas are the subject areas you are eligible to teach in based on your prior academic study.

Where will I be placed?

We place Associates exclusively in schools serving low socioeconomic communities, working in the regions and communities that need the most support. We currently operate in Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and South Australia. During the application process, you can preference by state and/or metropolitan, regional and/or remote locations – but the more flexible you are, the more likely we will be able to successfully find a placement.

After the program, am I still eligible to teach?

Yes. After completion of the two year program, you will receive a nationally accredited teaching qualification. You can teach throughout Australia, in primary schools, as well as many countries overseas.

 

Future Leaders Program

Am I eligible?

To be eligible, you must be a K-12 teacher who:

  • Is a classroom teacher with at least 2 years experience
  • Works in an outer regional or remote school in Western Australia or the Northern Territory with ICSEA below 1000; and
  • Aspires towards a school leadership role

If you have finished the Teach For Australia Leadership Development Program, you are also eligible for the program.

All applications are based on a case-by-case basis. If you are interested in the program, but are concerned about your eligibility, please get in touch so we can discuss your situation further.

Can I see the program overview?

The program is currently in the final design phase. The leadership framework and program sequence will be available at the end of November.

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

If you are still a bit unsure or after some further information a member of the Future Leaders Program team would be happy to chat to you! Please drop us a line at info@futureleadersprogram.org.au, express your interest or give us a call on +61 3 8640 4500 and we’ll be in touch soon.

I have a holiday booked over one of the Future Leader Program intensives. Can I still apply?

To successfully complete Future Leaders Program we we require you to attend at least eight of nine workshop days – this is because this where a lot of the learning takes place, as well as the opportunity to apply it with the Future Leaders Program team and the rest of your cohort.

We understand that life happens and will support you the best we can but if you know you’ll be away one of our intensives and you can’t reschedule your holiday plans (we recognise that taking a break is important too!) we recommend that you hold off and consider applying for our next cohort instead.

Is the selection process competitive?

The selection process is a diagnostic process not a competitive one. We use the activities to get an understanding of your current ability and skills. We then use the results to tailor your experience and coaching in the program. Therefore we encourage you to be honest and open in your responses.

Is this program right for me?

The Future Leaders Program is designed to assist classroom  teachers who are in the early stages  of their leadership journey. Through mentoring, peer-to-peer learning and best practice evidence based learning we aim to support your leadership growth and the impact you can have in your school and community. The program is most suited to those who have a good grasp of the skills needed to make a successful classroom leader and who would benefit from the tailored mentoring and development opportunities to successfully transition into school leadership roles with more responsibility. 

This program is not designed for established team or people leaders, we recommend reaching out to the leadership institute in your jurisdiction to understand the programs that will help you reach your goals.

If you’re still unsure whether this program is right for you please get in touch at info@futureleadersprogram.org.au or call +61 3 8640 4500.

On the application form you asked for a series of lesson plans, what must be included?

We are looking at what you think about when you plan your lessons.

We understand as you become more experienced, your physical plans become less detailed.

Please ensure the information you attach covers the goal of your lessons, the activities your students will participate in and any assessments you conduct during the lesson.

If you would like to discuss this further please email info@futureleadersprogram.org.au

What does the program consist of?

The program has been designed to be rigorous, not onerous. We aim for the experience to align closely with your day to day activities, development priorities and complement the work you are doing. 

The program consists of targeted workshops, peer-to-peer learning and networking opportunities, and the personal mentoring of a Leadership Coach to support participants to develop the skills that drive student outcomes. Participants put these skills immediately into practice, applying their learnings on the job. 

The nine days of interactive workshops are spread throughout the program and occur largely during school holidays and weekends to minimise time taken out of school. These sessions will run virtually and in-region where face-to-face delivery applies.

During the program, all participants will also lead an Innovation Project in their schools/communities that focuses on improving student outcomes. This project will align with participants’ role in their school, and is designed to be part of what they do rather than an extra piece of work.

What is the cost of the Future Leaders Program?

Participants for the 2021 and 2022 Cohort will be offered a full scholarship, therefore will incur no costs to partake. Any travel required will be covered by the program itself.

For schools a stipend is available to help cover the cost of up to five days of time release needed for face to face workshops.

When do applications close?

Applications for Cohort 2021 are now closed. Express your interest to be notified about applications for future cohorts.

When does the program begin?

The program runs for the duration of the academic year. During the first term, we will hold events virtually so you immerse yourself into the school year. During term 1, you will:

  • Connect with your coach 2-3 times
  • Establish relationships with those participants in your region
  • Collect data and begin to design your Innovation Project

Why are you only focusing on regionally and remote locations?

Schools in regional, rural and remote communities face unique demands, such as limited access to support services and challenges in attracting and retaining staff. In these schools, the pipeline of ready school leaders is declining.

The Future Leaders Program tests a new approach to these challenges by fostering the ambitions and potential of participating teachers, and developing their skills and aptitude for the challenging yet rewarding roles of school leadership.

Australia is vast, diverse and has many and varied opportunities and challenges to tackle nationally – an equitable education is certainly one of these. As a pilot program, the Future Leaders Program will begin its first year in states and territories that have greater proportions of outer regional and remote populations to work on the existing challenges of quality of and access to professional development

We aim to build and strengthen partnerships with other regional, rural and remote states and territories in the future, so that we can expand Future Leaders Program reach and impact.

Why does my principal have to endorse my application?

Ongoing support is critical to ensuring participants and schools gain the most from the Future Leaders Program. It is important that you apply with your principal’s support as the program contains an element of time release that your principal must agree too. Additionally, your principal will also need to provide consent and commit to supporting you to lead an Innovation Project in your school where you apply your learning whilst working towards your school’s priorities.

Why does the Future Leaders Program exist?

The Australian education system is struggling to provide an excellent and equitable education for all young people. With student outcomes persistently below minimum standards and communities facing multiple compounding factors of disadvantage, Regional Rural and Remote schools (RRR), in particular, need leadership support.

In response to these challenges, the Future Leaders Program (FLP) was announced as part of the Australian Government’s ‘Our Plan for Quality Education’ released on 10 May 2019.

Schools in RRR communities face unique demands, such as limited access to support services and challenges in attracting and retaining staff. In these schools, the pipeline of ready school leaders is declining.

The FLP tests a new approach to these challenges by fostering the ambitions and potential of participating teachers, and developing their skills and aptitude for the challenging yet rewarding roles of school leadership.

Why is the Future Leaders Program only offered in certain states and territories?

Australia is vast, diverse and has many and varied opportunities and challenges to tackle nationally – an equitable education is certainly one of these. As a pilot program, the Future Leaders Program will begin its first year in states and territories that have greater proportions of outer regional and remote populations. 

We aim to build and strengthen partnerships with other regional, rural and remote states and territories in the future, so that we can expand the program’s reach and impact. If you would like to stay informed, please express your interest and the team will look forward to keeping you updated!

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