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Thursday, December 3rd, 2020

4 December 2020 | Media release – The Hon Dan Tehan MP and The Hon Andrew Gee MP. Originally published by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

Teachers in regional and rural schools can now apply to join a new leadership program that will help develop the next generation of school leaders.

Minister for
Education Dan Tehan today announced the opening of applications for the Future
Leaders Program pilot in Western Australia.

The Future
Leaders Program will provide individualised coaching and support as well as a
professional peer network for teachers working in regional, rural and remote

“The evidence
shows that teachers have the biggest in-school influence on education outcomes
and that’s why the Morrison Government continues to support teachers to do
their important job,” Mr Tehan said.

“The Future
Leaders Program is part of the Coalition Government’s $15 million investment to
address shortages in high-quality school leaders and specialist teachers.

initiative delivers another Coalition Government election commitment to support
aspiring school leaders in regional, rural and remote schools.”

Minister for
Regional Education Andrew Gee said the Future Leaders Program had been
specifically designed to address the challenges faced by regional, rural and
remote teachers.

Government funded Teach For Australia to engage with local communities and
identify the unique and challenging leadership gaps regional, rural and remote
schools are experiencing,” Mr Gee said.

“This program
will cultivate the school leaders of tomorrow and ensure that teachers and schools
in regional areas are able to gain access to the same level of support as those
in metro areas.

“This program
will also help to keep teaching talent in regional areas, so that communities
benefit from the skills these teachers bring.”

Teach For Australia CEO Melodie Potts
Rosevear said feedback from the sector had identified two key areas for the
pilot to tackle.

“One key area is the supply and scarcity
of ready school leaders; and the other is the
need for teachers and aspiring leaders to be able to access quality development
opportunities that are contextually relevant to the regional, rural or remote
communities where they teach,” Ms Potts Rosevear said.

“We know that the two key levers that
positively impact educational outcomes for our students are teacher quality and
leadership, so it is vital schools are continuously developing a pipeline of
high quality leaders.

“Teach For Australia has a more than a
decade of experience supporting schools with teaching and leadership
development programs and we’re very pleased to bring our expertise to this new
opportunity for our rural and remote teachers.”

Applications are now open for Western Australian teachers, with more jurisdictions to follow. Teachers and schools interested in the pilot program can contact Teach For Australia at www.teachforaustralia.org/future-leaders-program.

Media contact:

Tehan: Byron Vale 02 6277 7350 | minister.tehan.media@dese.gov.au
Gee: Gabrielle Phipps 0400 917 405 | Gabrielle.Phipps@dfat.gov.au

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