Teach For Australia
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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

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.

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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

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.

The culture
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.

Social contribution
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.

Veterans report

  • “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.

Remuneration
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.

Career prospects
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:

"WE EXIST TO CHANGE LIVES.

Australia has one of the least equitable education systems in the developed world.

Teach For Australia is part of a global movement dedicated to breaking the cycle of disadvantage through teaching and leadership in education.

We attract outstanding graduates and professionals from all academic disciplines, who commit to teaching in an educationally disadvantaged school for at least two years.

  • For the duration of the program, you’ll teach at one of our partner secondary schools with full salary and benefits.
  • You will earn a Master of Teaching (Secondary) degree on scholarship while teaching. You’ll have access to rigorous and ongoing coaching as part of our award-winning Leadership Development program.
  • After two intense, challenging and unbelievably rewarding years, you’ll have completed the program and become part of our Alumni movement, working to see systemic change from positions of influence across all sectors of society.

“There’s no other graduate program that forces you to confront your own strengths and weaknesses in such an intense and intentional way,” says Alumna Ramya Madhavan.

Ramya completed a Bachelor of Engineering (electrical and Electronic) and a Bachelor of Arts before joining Teach For Australia. She now works as Country Director of education charity Street Child in Nepal.

Kids are falling through the education gap. You didn’t. They shouldn’t. Teach For Australia.

About:

Teach For Australia Associates don’t start out as teachers – in fact, they come from all academic disciplines and a variety of backgrounds. As such, there is no “ideal” candidate profile.

Teaching may or may not be something that you have previously considered. We look for well-rounded and passionate individuals, who have the qualities to create change, inside the classroom and beyond.

Minimum eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must be a citizen or Permanent Resident of Australia.
  • Applicants must have completed at least a Bachelor degree in any discipline by the end of 2016.
  • Applicants must not already have a degree in education.
  • Applicants must have achieved a high-credit average or above in their degrees, except in exceptional circumstances.

Diversity:

We harness different perspectives, experiences and talents in order to continually learn and best serve our culturally diverse school communities.

We are committed to ensuring all applicants are treated fairly and with respect, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, race, religion or ability.

We are happy to discuss reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process to accommodate your particular circumstances."

 

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