Rigorously recruit Australia's top talent into teaching

We recruit Australia’s future leaders into the classroom, and inspire, connect and empower them to a lifetime of action towards educational equity.

We recruit talented future leaders (university graduates with non-education degrees, young professionals and career changers) to teach in schools and communities of greatest need for a minimum of two years.

Our recruitment process is modelled on that of the best graduate programs around the world.

We attract Australia’s top talent through intensive recruitment on university campuses across the country and an innovative marketing campaign.

Our Leadership Development Program offers a simple but powerful value proposition:

  • the mission to address educational disadvantage;
  • the opportunity to make an immediate impact;
  • the selective, high-quality nature of the program;
  • the ability to develop strong leadership skills; and
  • the ability to earn a wage as they contribute in the classroom while concurrently earning a Master of Teaching degree.

Since 2010, we have received over 9,400 applications, with an average growth of 14 per cent in applications year on year.

Teach For Australia ranked 28th on the list of Top 100 Graduate Employer Rankings by GradAustralia in 2018, and remains the only non-profit organisation listed.

Teacher and students in science class

We are helping to transform the status of teaching profession.

46 per cent of Associates are male, helping to bring gender diversity to schools.

All Associates have at least a Bachelor’s Degree, and 44 per cent have an advanced university degree, with over 50 per cent entering the program as a young professional or career changer.

One in five Associates are are highly proficient in at least one language other than English.

Our Associates provide the skills, attitudes and capabilities that schools need.

62 per cent of principals report that Associates provide specific subject matter expertise they would otherwise be unable to obtain (dandolopartners 2017).

44 per cent percent of Associates were eligible to teach STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) subjects.

Teacher and students in science class

Cohort 2015 Associate Dr. David Hosken is an atmospheric physicist with a PhD in the development of high power lasers and a research scientist. He played a part in the recent landmark discovery of gravitational waves, before realising his dream of inspiring students through the power of science.

51 per cent of STEM Associates were eligible to teach Maths and Physics.

24 per cent were eligible to teach English, TESOL or Languages.

International experience indicates that our ability to attract top talent will grow.

Around the world, there are over 40 locally developed “Teach For” style organisations that are part of a collaborative network called Teach For All , the longest running being Teach For America founded in 1990 and Teach First in the United Kingdom founded in 2003. These organisations attracted around 44,000 and 8,000 applications in 2015, from diverse backgrounds.

In 2012, 10 per cent of Oxford and Cambridge graduates applied to join Teach First. (Sutton Trust 2015)


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