Large, entrenched gaps in educational opportunity exist from early childhood through to adulthood. Our system is failing up to one in three children and young people, and too often these gaps grow as students get older. In particular, the system isn’t serving:
Student performance in Australia is in decline. Students are now nearly a year further behind in science, maths and reading compared to just 10 years ago. And COVID-19 has only exacerbated the unfair, costly and widening gap between students. Estimates show the achievement gap has tripled for students experiencing systemic disadvantage.
Educational inequity is the result of multiple complex factors. Teach For Australia chooses to focus on the people within the system. Evidence shows that teaching is the most significant in-school factor that can positively affect student achievement.
We offer leading development programs for teachers, school leaders, and mentors who can give their 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.