What it does: Non-profit organisation helping to improve student and school outcomes
Staff stats: Numbers vary but around 120 Associates are placed each year
The good bits: Social impact, employment-based teaching qualification
The not so good bits: Modest salary, tough-to-reach students
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The Teach for Australia story
Teach For Australia is part of a global movement dedicated to breaking the cycle of disadvantage through teaching and leadership in education.
The organisation’s award-winning Leadership Development Program provides an employment-based pathway into teaching, developing highly effective teachers and leaders that help to improve student outcomes in schools serving low socioeconomic communities.
Over two years, program participants (Associates) develop the knowledge, skills and mindsets required to have a positive impact on students and schools while they complete a Master of Teaching (Secondary) and a full-time school placement at a Teach For Australia partner school, with full salary and benefits.
Founded in 2009 by Melodie Potts Rosevear, a former consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership, the organisation is part of the global Teach For All network of over 40 independent, locally led and funded partner organisations with a shared vision for expanded educational opportunity in their countries.
Teach For Australia partner schools vary in their size, age, location, resource availability and ethnic diversity, so every Associate’s experience is unique.
Associates become part of a national network of passionate, resilient and ambitious leaders who all want to end educational disadvantage and work in close collaboration with each other, their fellow teachers and school leaders.
Associates also receive comprehensive support throughout the program, including in-school and external mentoring, coaching and teaching support.
Teach For Australia is a non-profit organisation that exists to improve student and school outcomes in disadvantage communities across Australia. As at May 2017, it has trained over 500 teachers through its Leadership Development Program, impacting the lives of more than 120,000 students.
- “There’s no other graduate program that forces you to confront and actively work on your own strengths and weaknesses in such an intense and intentional way.” – Ramya Madhavan
- “Once you become an Associate, you’ll always be part of the Teach For Australia family. We’re all working for the same purpose.” – Shane Woon
- "Every year, more Alumni are taking up positions which allow them to raise the profile of education and how important it is to Australia’s future.” – Edwina Dohle
- “Without Teach For Australia, I don’t feel that my leadership skills would have been developed to a point where I’d be willing and ready to take on an Assistant Principal role in such a short time.” – Adam Ross
- “Teach For Australia is the best pathway that you could take out of university. You’ll grow as a person, while working to combat a critical problem for this country.” – Saul Walkerman
The recruitment process
Teach For Australia is looking for candidates with impressive academic records who want to have a transformational impact on the lives of young people in difficult circumstances.
Successful candidates become ‘Associates’ and commit to a two-year period teaching in a school serving a low socioeconomic community, while concurrently undertaking a Master of Teaching (Secondary).
Applicants must have completed (or be soon to complete) at least a bachelor degree and must not already have a degree in education. They need to have completed a major study in a learning area taught at high school (i.e. maths, English, science, geography, history, foreign languages, music, science or art).
The process starts with an application on the Teach For Australia website. After this, candidates progress through a phone interview, an online cognitive assessment of verbal and numerical skills and a Selection Day involving group assessment activities and a one-on-one interview.
Associates are matched to a Teach For Australia partner school to fill an actual vacancy and to meet the unique needs of each school’s profile, curriculum, subjects and culture. Teach For Australia is currently partnered with schools across metropolitan, regional and remote communities in the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia.
The program kicks off with 13 weeks of intensive online and in-residence training, commencing in October. Associates learn about both the practice and theory of teaching, with a particular focus on working in disadvantaged contexts. Associates are given access to teacher coaches, an in-school mentor and an academic mentor.
Salaries are modest but liveable, averaging around $47,000 plus super, during the first year.
Actual salaries vary, as Associates are employed by the relevant state or territory government department or directorate or school, according to their specific placement.
The vast majority of program costs are covered by scholarship from Teach For Australia, but Associates are required to contribute a portion of the overall cost of their qualification. FEE-HELP is available to those who are eligible.
Upon completion of the program, Associates are awarded a nationally accredited Master of Teaching (Secondary) and become part of the national Teach For Australia and global Teach For All Alumni networks.
As at May 2017, 65 per cent of Teach For Australia Alumni remain in teaching, with over half in school leadership roles. Of those who have left the classroom, 18 per cent work in non-profit organisations, 18 per cent work in policy or government organisations, 10 per cent work in social enterprises and 11 per cent are pursuing further study.
The vibe of the place
Associates are driven by their sense of social justice. They share Teach For Australia’s belief that the cycle of disadvantage is escapable and that education is the circuit breaker. You can expect to have an unforgettable experience that will be exhausting, frustrating, fulfilling and inspiring, often all at the same time.
From the Employer:
"Our vision is of an Australia where all children, regardless of background, attain an excellent education.
In Australia, children from the lowest income households are on average three years behind in school. Teach For Australia is an innovative non-profitorganisation and part of a global movement dedicated to developing leadership in classrooms and communities to ensure all children achieve their potential.
We work tirelessly to elevate the amazing potential of all children with the vision of what could be possible torealise an Australia that truly provides equality of opportunity for all children. Fundamental to achieving this vision is to get great leaders into classrooms as teachers through our Leadership Development Program.
We recruit Australia’s future leaders and inspire, connect and empower them to a lifetime of action – activated by the classroom.
As a collective force—educators, advocates, entrepreneurs, policymakers, community members—we strive for the aspirations of students and families. We are helping to tackle educational disadvantage through the two key levers that research shows impact students outcomes: teacher quality and leadership. In nine years, we have placed over 670 Associates into more than 150 schools, ultimately helping to change the lives of over 130,000 students.
We are part of a global network with a shared vision forexpanded educational opportunity.
Teach For Australia is proud to be a member of the growing Teach For All global network of nearly 50 independent, locally led and funded partnerorganisations with a shared vision for expanded educational opportunity in their countries."