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Teach For Australia to pilot program in South Australia in 2021

Monday, January 18th, 2021

Teach For Australia (TFA) will partner with South Australia’s Department for Education and schools in Roxby Downs and Whyalla this year for a small scale pilot of TFA’s flagship pathway to teaching program.

TFA’s
Leadership Development Program works with schools in regional, rural and remote
areas and low socio-economic communities to recruit subject specialists to
teaching.

TFA’s
program is Australia’s original employment-based pathway for teaching, with
‘Associates’ completing their Masters in Teaching (Secondary) with ACU while
teaching 0.8FTE in placement schools for two years.

Under the
pilot with South Australia, TFA has placed three Associates in 2021. A further
cohort will be recruited to begin the program in 2022.

“We’re
delighted to begin our partnership with South Australia and to be working
together with schools in Roxby Downs and Whyalla and the Department on this
pilot,” TFA CEO Melodie Potts Rosevear said.

“We are
grateful to Minister Gardner and the Marshall Government for giving TFA the
opportunity to work with South Australian schools and communities for the first
time.

“TFA’s work
is grounded in our vision for an Australia where education gives every child,
regardless of their background or the postcode where they live, greater choice
for their future.

“We know
teachers have the most powerful impact on students’ learning but not every
school can secure the workforce they need, and that’s the inequity TFA’s programs
aim to address.

“TFA has
more than a decade of experience recruiting high-achieving graduates and
talented career changers who go on to be outstanding teachers, and we are
delighted to be placing Associates in South Australia in 2021.”

Associates
have a Bachelor’s Degree relevant to their teaching area and undergo rigorous
vetting before being accepted to the program. TFA works closely with partner
schools to match the skills and subject expertise of Associates with existing
teacher vacancies.

Teach For
Australia began in 2009 and, in addition to South Australia, will again place
Associates into schools in Western Australia, Northern Territory, Victoria and
Tasmania in 2021.

As well as the
Leadership Development Program, TFA has created and implemented professional
development programs for mid-career teachers who are on a pathway to school
leadership.           

Media contact: Deborah Cole  0409 252 217 deborah.cole@teachforaustralia.org

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