In Australia, recent reports show that:
Statistics like these show that circumstances that are out of a student’s control – the postcode they’re born in, their parents’ own education level, their cultural background – often dictate the education they are able to access.
And the lower the level of education a student obtains, the further their opportunities in life diminish: it impacts their employment and earning opportunities, their health and their general wellbeing.
Without intervention, the gap in educational outcomes grows over time and is carried on to the next generation – creating a cycle of disadvantage.
Despite the barriers that some students face, it is possible for them to catch up. A great teacher can make all the difference for a student, and great leaders in education can change the system.
For over a decade, Teach For Australia has offered development programs for teachers, school leaders and mentors who can give the students the knowledge, skills and confidence to pursue their potential.
Through our flagship Leadership Development Program, we recruit individuals with exceptional skills and expertise into schools serving low socioeconomic communities and develop them as teachers and leaders.
Throughout the program, our teachers are known as Associates.
We build sustained partnerships with schools, and our Associates bring subject area expertise to fill real teaching vacancies across Australia.
Our programs accelerate leadership development, so great teachers can become great leaders, enacting positive change within their classrooms, schools and communities.
Together with our partner schools, we work to ensure that students achieve significant academic growth, experience increased access to opportunities and develop attitudes and aspirations that propel them forward.
We give high-calibre people the tools to drive change in the system and raise student outcomes.
We continue to empower, connect and inspire our Alumni towards a lifetime of action towards educational equity.