Application workshop: The “Humility, respect and empathy” competency

3 March 2019

Through the selection process, candidates are assessed against eight competencies based on evidence of effectiveness in the classroom. In this series, we explore how to best address each of these competencies in your application.


Do you operate with humility? Do you show respect and empathy towards others? Do you look for the best in the people around you?

At Teach For Australia, we partner exclusively with schools serving low socioeconomic communities, working in the regions and communities that need the most support.

There will be a lot that feels outside of your control as you get to know your students, their families, your colleagues and, perhaps, a new community.

A candidate who meets the benchmark in this competency can show that they exhibit respect and empathy for others in a variety of situations. This candidate actively looks for the best in the people around them.

It is important that you are able to build relationships with students and staff members to enable both yourself, and the people around you, to thrive in the classroom.

Remember: we will extend an offer to anyone who can prove that they meet the benchmark for each of our eight competencies. Reach out to one of our Recruitment and Advocacy Managers to learn more about how to address them in your application based on your experience.

Teach For Australia Associates don’t start out as teachers – in fact, they come from all academic disciplines and a variety of backgrounds. We look for well-rounded and passionate individuals who have the qualities to create change, inside the classroom and beyond.

Best of luck with your application and possibly, the start of this life-changing journey!


Read more Application Workshops:

– The “Leadership and achievement” competency
– The “Learning and self-evaluation” competency
– The “Commitment to mission” competency
– The “Problem-solving” competency
– The “Organisational and planning ability” competency
– The “Resilience” competency
– The “Communication and influencing ability” competency

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