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Future Leaders Program

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Develop your leadership skills, confidence and potential with Teach For Australia’s Future Leaders Program.

Specifically designed for teachers working in regional and remote schools facing educational disadvantage, the program prepares you for the next step in your career: the challenging, yet rewarding, roles of school leadership.

Program Overview

  • Duration: 1-year
  • Mode: Blended learning, with national and regional face-to-face sessions and live and self-directed online modules
  • Fees: A full scholarship is offered to all participants; schools are offered a stipend to allow for time release
  • Location: Outer regional and remote schools in Western Australia and the Northern Territory (jurisdictions may be expanded in 2022)

01 About The Program

Specifically designed for teachers working in regional and remote schools facing educational disadvantage, the Future Leaders Program prepares you for the next step in your career: the challenging, yet rewarding, roles of school leadership.

Our vision is of an Australia where education gives every child, regardless of their background, greater choice for their future. For over a decade, Teach For Australia has offered leading development programs to many levels of teachers working in schools facing educational disadvantage. The Future Leaders Program supports classroom teachers in regional and remote schools in particular, by developing the next generation of school leaders in those communities and improving access to high quality teaching and learning.

The program offers you the opportunity to develop and receive targeted feedback, in an environment with:

  • Individualised coaching – building on your unique strengths and aspirations
  • Contextualised support – focusing on your school and region’s particular opportunities and challenges
  • Peer network – matching you with other teachers who share particular strengths and work in similar contexts, so you can grow together throughout the program and beyond

You will build skills, capabilities and mindsets in:

  • Self leadership
  • Technical expertise
  • Relational leadership
  • Building relationships and influencing others
  • Systems thinking

02 Eligibility

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

  • Is a classroom teacher with at least 2 years experience
  • Works in a primary or secondary school in Western Australia or the Northern Territory* that is classified as outer regional or remote and has an ICSEA (Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage) score below 1000**
  • Aspires towards a school leadership role

Additional measures may be considered in order to determine eligibility, therefore if your school has a current ICSEA of 1000 or above, and you believe should be eligible, please contact us at info@futureleadersprogram.org.au or call +61 3 8640 4500.
While we are currently accepting applications from teachers in regional and remote Western Australia and the Northern Territory, if you are an eligible teacher working in another non-metro state or territory, we encourage you to get in touch! The program may expand to additional regions.

*Other jurisdictions coming soon – watch this space and let us know you’re interested

**The Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) was created by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) specifically to enable fair comparisons of National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) test achievement by students in schools across Australia. A value on the index corresponds to the average level of educational advantage of the school’s student population relative to those of other schools. Learn more.

03 Information for schools

A robust and strengthened leadership pipeline in our outer regional and remote schools in Australia is critically important to ensuring all children receive an excellent education. The Future Leaders Program is an innovative, new approach to strengthening school leadership.

The program allows schools to build leadership capacity among their teachers, to ensure they are equipped to deal with today’s educational challenges, specifically tailored to regional and remote contexts. Participants build skills in leading initiatives, developing their capacity to influence and setting goals that align with your school and community that focus on improving student outcomes.

Participants receive tools and resources that can be shared across their school.
Personal leadership coaches will support participants to consolidate skills, challenge mindsets and help achieve program outcomes.They are also are introduced to a network of other talented and passionate educators to share ideas and best practice.

Nominate a teacher today by emailing info@futureleadersprogram.org.au or share this opportunity with a school by sharing the link to this information page.

To ensure that each school gets maximum value from the Future Leaders Program, senior school leaders are asked to:

  • Endorse each applicant during the selection process, confirming their suitability for the program
  • Ensure each participant’s key accountabilities are clear
  • Provide feedback on each participant’s skills and performance.
  • Participate in activities to evaluate and continuously improve the Future Leaders Program
  • For the 2021 cohort, full scholarship will be offered to all participants; schools will be offered stipends to allow for time release
  • Schools are asked to support with up to five days time release for each participant over the course of the program (total across one-year program). The intensive program workshops will be conducted during both school holidays or weekends and term time to ensure a balance for participants and schools

04 How to Apply

The process starts with an online application, and all the activities are designed to highlight what you excel at so we can work together to develop your unique skillset further.

We are looking for classroom teachers who aspire to develop their leadership skills to improve students and school outcomes in regional and remote communities.

The selection process has been designed to help you show off your capabilities, connect with other aspiring school leaders, support you in understanding your strengths and identifying areas for growth. It is not a competitive process. The application and selection activities are designed to highlight what you excel at, so we can work with you to develop your unique skillset further.

The application process involves the following steps – noting the overarching goal is that it will be of value to you and importantly, fun!

The selection process

Online application form

This is where we get to know you; your background, your goals and your educational experience so far. We want to hear about a positive story from your classroom, see a lesson you have planned, understand a lesson you’ve learnt and start to develop your goal for the program.

Virtual selection centre

The Virtual Selection Centre provides you with an opportunity to connect other aspiring school leaders! Taking place over Zoom, at a time that suits your teaching schedule, this component will run for approximately one and a half hours. During this time, you will have a chance to meet other passionate teachers from across the country and participate in scenario-based activity, which is designed to help us better understand your skills and mindsets.

Strengths test

Not designed to be a test, this is an opportunity to understand your professional preferences and to help us tailor the program content to your developmental needs.

Group debrief

During an hour-long virtual session you will debrief your results with other program participants to understand what you have in common and to learn from each other’s experiences and contexts. This is designed to help you start to build a developmental plan for the program.

05 Key Dates

Applications for currently open to eligible teachers working in the Northern Territory. If you are outside this jurisdiction, register your interest.

For Cohort 2021, workshops are scheduled for (note these dates may be subject to change):

  • First intensive (virtual): Wednesday, April 14 – Friday, April 16 2021
  • Mid-year intensive (face-to-face): Tuesday, July 13 – Friday, July 16 2021
  • Final intensive (mode TBD): Friday, September 17 – Saturday, September 18
  • End of year Expo graduation event (mode TBD): December 2021 (exact date mode TBD)

06 FAQs

Some of our most common questions.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

When do applications close?

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

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!

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.