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$850,000 boost to Teach for Australia in Victoria

Ministers:

The Hon Christopher Pyne MP
Minister for Education
Leader of the House

Federal Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today welcomed the Victorian Government’s additional investment of $850,000 in Teach for Australia – a programme designed to attract the best and brightest university graduates into teaching.

The additional funding will see up to 50 highly skilled non-teaching university graduates join government schools, across metropolitan and regional Victoria, at the beginning of 2015.

“The Teach for Australia programme is an effective alternative pathway for teachers to enter the profession, and has placed over 200 participants into schools in Victoria, the ACT and the Northern Territory since 2009,” Mr Pyne said.

“The Teach for Australia programme fast tracks high-calibre non-teaching graduates into disadvantaged secondary schools, with a particular focus on languages, science, technology, engineering and maths.”

“Studies consistently show that teacher quality has the greatest impact on student outcomes, and that is why the Australian Government committed a further $22 million to Teach for Australia in June this year.”

“The Australian Government is committed to improving teacher quality because we understand that excellence in the classroom directly translates into national prosperity and productivity.”

“Teacher quality is one of the four pillars of our Students First approach that will make a real difference to Australian students,” he said.

The Students First approach focuses on four key areas:

  • teacher quality
  • school autonomy
  • parental engagement
  • strengthening the curriculum.

For further information, visit: www.studentsfirst.gov.au.   

For more information on Teach for Australia, visit www.teachforaustralia.org.