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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) (Leading Learning) through ACU on an assisted scholarship.
  • Receive one-on-one coaching and mentoring to accelerate personal, professional, and academic growth.

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.

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.

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 Northern Territory OR a Catholic school in Queensland or New South Wales classified as outer regional or remote, with an ICSEA below 1000.
  • 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. In 2022 we will be expanding to new jurisdictions, so if you are not from Western Australia, or working in a Catholic school in Queensland or New South Wales but think you would be eligible to apply otherwise, please reach out to us.

How can I find out more?

Please email apply@teachforaustralia.org.

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For all enquiries, please use the relevant contacts or give us a call.

Provide Feedback

We’re committed to providing multiple channels for individuals to provide feedback in relation to individuals representing Teach For Australia and/or Teach For Australia’s operations, including the Leadership Development Program (delivered as part of the High Achieving Teachers Program with the support of the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment).

For full details on Teach For Australia feedback and complaints process, you can read our Grievance Resolution Policy and Procedure. This document includes a “Grievance Lodgement Form”, which is an optional tool to support individuals in structuring their feedback.

Channels for providing feedback include:

Teach For Australia

Directly, with relevant individual/s for whom they have the feedback

Teach For Australia via email: feedback@teachforaustralia.org

Department of Education

Mail: GPO Box 9880, Canberra ACT 2601

Phone: 1300 566 046

Online: https://www.education.gov.au/feedback-and-enquiry-form