Teach for Australia places 48 new teachers at WA schools

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WA secondary schools in need of more teaching resources will gain 48 new teachers next week, as part of the Teach for Australia’s employment program.

Teachers will be in classrooms across the state including Armadale Senior High School, Kiara College, Rockingham Senior High School and Balcatta Senior High School.

Teach for Australia (TFA) is the only employment-based pathway into teaching in Australia.

The program allows eligible candidates the chance to get into the classroom faster, teaching their area of expertise without having to take time off to study.

All teachers are university graduates and will fill in vacancies at secondary schools serving low socio-economic communities.

TFA chief executive and founder Melodie Potts Rosevear said the goal was to enlist more talent in tackling the inequity in educational outcomes.

“At the heart of improving educational outcomes for children across the country is the people we recruit, train and empower to be in our classrooms,” she said.

“No one person or institution will be able to amass the changes required, but a group of committed actors across our system can and that is what we hope to generate.”

Australia Catholic University faculty of education executive dean Elizabeth Labone said the university and TFA were working towards increasing the number of high-calibre teachers in Australia.

“The program is teaching ‘where the need is’ in those schools experiencing disadvantage in metro, regional and remote areas,” Dr Labone said.

This year, TFA celebrates its tenth anniversary, with the largest cohort to date – 153 teachers – a 20 per cent increase on 2018.

Full list of schools benefitting from new teachers

– South Metro Perth: Armadale Senior High School, Atwell College, Cannington Community College, Cecil Andrews College, Darling Range Sports College, Fremantle College, Lynwood Senior High School, Southern River College and Thornlie Senior High School

– North Metro Perth: Aveley Secondary College, Balcatta Senior High School, Bullsbrook College, Butler College, Greenwood College, John Forrest Secondary College, Joseph Banks Secondary College, Kiara College, Warwick Senior High School and Yanchep Secondary College

– South West: Australind Senior High School, Dalyellup College and Eaton Community College

– Peel: Coodanup College, John Tonkin College, Pinjarra Senior High School, Rockingham Senior High School and Warnbro Community High School

– Northam Senior High School

– Karratha Senior High School

– Kalgoorlie: Eastern Goldfields College, John Paul College and Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School

– Hedland Senior High School

– Esperance Senior High School

– Albany Senior High School