Teach For Australia’s Future Leaders Program is underway for 2023 with a cohort of 76 regional and remote teachers who will develop their leadership skills and confidence during the one-year program.
Now in its third year, the unique school leadership program is designed for aspiring leaders teaching in outer regional and remote schools ready to take the next step in their careers.
TFA National Program Manager Viveka Simpson said strengthening the leadership pipeline in Australia’s regional and remote schools was critically important for today’s students and for those to come.
“The Future Leaders Program has been specifically developed to provide the skills and confidence that teachers in regional and remote communities require to best guide their students,” she said.
“This includes individualised coaching, group intensives and community building, and hands on learning, all whilst connecting participants to build their own network of supportive, like-minded educators.”
The Future Leaders Program Outcomes Snapshot 2022 found Cohort 1 Fellows have experienced 58% growth in preparedness for school leadership and 49% growth in the ability to manage staff.
As well as developing leadership potential through individual coaching and group intensives, a unique feature of the Future Leaders Program guides teachers to design and implement an innovation project that can bring tangible and lasting impact to their school community.
Molly Jureidini, classroom teacher at Anula Primary School in the Northern Territory, is part of the Future Leaders Program 2023 cohort and said the program offered “an incredible opportunity” to develop her professional skills.
“Living in a remote, rural or regional town should not be a barrier to an excellent education, and I believe in equity for students from different backgrounds and areas. I believe we should expect the best from our students, and they should expect the best from their teachers,” she said.
“The FLP is highly recommended and regarded, and the content covered in the workshops and learning modules is of great interest to me and my professional development. The opportunity to learn more about my school and implement sustainable changes during the innovation project is particularly exciting.”