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TFA welcomes grant to bring more teaching talent to WA schools

Friday, October 16th, 2020

Teach For Australia (TFA) is delighted to welcome today’s announcement from Western Australia’s Education Minister, the Hon. Sue Ellery MP, of a new $4.006 million funding agreement.

The Western Australia (WA) Government grant will support TFA to recruit
and train up to 280 new teachers in WA public schools by 2024, in four
additional cohorts of TFA’s Leadership Development Program.

“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with the WA Government to
bring even more exceptional teachers to the students and school communities who
need them most,” TFA CEO Melodie Potts Rosevear said.

“We know teachers have the most powerful impact on students’ learning
but some schools struggle to fill vacancies or to find the subject specialists
they need. TFA helps ensure that students don’t miss out on the subject experts
and inspiring classroom leaders they deserve.

“Since 2015, we have had such strong and positive feedback from WA
principals and school mentors about the ongoing impact of the work our
Associates are doing for their students and schools and we are grateful for the
opportunity to continue.

“We thank the Minister for her ongoing support for our work and for the
opportunity to partner with WA again as we work towards our vision of an
Australia where education gives all children, regardless of
background, greater choice for their future.”

TFA’s Leadership
Development Program
is an employment-based pathway that
recruits high achieving university graduates and talented career changers to
become fully qualified teachers in schools which serve low socio-economic or
challenged communities.

Successful candidates teach in subject areas directly related to their
previous studies, while completing a Masters in Teaching (Secondary)
(Professional Practice), and become part of a dedicated community committed to
tackling education inequity.

Teach For Australia will work around WA next year in regions including
the Pilbara, the Kimberley, Goldfields-Esperance, Peel, South West and Mid West
as well as the Perth metropolitan area.

As well as subject matter knowledge, the program recruits people with
demonstrated leadership qualities and many TFA Associates go on to positions of
responsibility and leadership at the schools where they work.

TFA has operated in WA since 2015 and to date 204 Associates have
commenced teaching in WA secondary schools.

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