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New Pathways to attract the best graduates into teaching.



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The Hon Julia Gillard MP Minister for Education. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Minister for Social Inclusion Deputy Prime Minister

21 April, 2009

Media release

New Pathways to attract the best graduates into teaching

The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, today launched the Rudd Government’s Teach for Australia initiative to attract the best and brightest university graduates into the nation’s classrooms.

Research shows that nothing at school influences student outcomes more than excellent teaching.

Through Teach for Australia, high-achieving graduates from Australian universities will sign up for a unique and intensive 2 year placement in Australian schools where they can make the greatest difference.

Throughout their two year experience the graduates will receive support and mentoring from experienced teachers and business leaders.

On completion of their placement and the university-designed, accredited teacher education course, participants will earn a teaching qualification.

Many will then go on to begin careers with the corporate employers who partner Teach for Australia and importantly, many will continue their involvement with education, helping to create new solutions and strengthen community support.

The first intake of graduates will be placed in Victorian schools in 2010, where the Victorian Government is well placed to get this initiative off the ground. Up to 90 graduates will be recruited in the first year.

Pathway programs for top graduates such as Teach First in the UK and Teach for America in the US have been shown to deliver better student outcomes and help raise the status of the profession.

Teach for Australia is an independent, non profit organisation working with government and business partners, to coordinate the initiative nationally and to ensure graduates have a consistent and high quality experience.

This is the start of an exciting new social entrepreneurial approach that will see top graduates from around the nation taking on the challenges and rewards of educating our young people.

The initiative is part of Government’s $550 million National Partnership with the States and Territories to drive quality teaching across Australia.

Our National Partnership will also establish new national standards to reward the best performing principals and teachers. It will provide additional funding to help school systems to invest in teacher recruitment, development and excellence.

This initiative illustrates the Rudd Government’s continuing commitment to quality teaching through helping to recruit well-trained and dedicated teachers.

Businesses and graduates interested in participating should visit www.teachforaustralia.org

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