Teach Next - FAQ
Q: What is Teach Next?
A: Teach Next is an Australian Government initiative which provides an employment-based pathway into teaching for highly skilled professionals. The program will help address ongoing teacher shortages in specialised subject areas and in hard to staff schools, particularly in regional areas.
Q: What does the Teach Next course involve?
A: As a participant in Teach Next, you will be required to complete a two year post graduate teaching qualification. This will involve six-weeks of initial intensive training, three further intensives and other training and support while working in schools. During this two year period, participants will have access to ongoing learning and development opportunities, as well as support from a university providing the course, and from an in-school mentor.
Q: What kind of subjects could I teach under the program?
A: The first intake is targeting addressing shortages in the areas of mathematics, science, languages, and design and technology, so it is most likely that you will be teaching in one of these disciplines. This may change for future intakes, depending on the needs of state and territory teacher employers.
Q. Where will I be working?
A: The first intake is looking to place participants in Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory. Subsequent intakes will include other jurisdictions including NSW, Victoria, SA and Tasmania.
Eligibility, Recruitment and Selection
Q: Am I eligible to participate in Teach Next?
A: In order to participate in Teach Next, you must:
- hold Australian citizenship or permanent residency status
- be eligible under the ‘University requirements’ to enter the university in which you will commence the course
- have obtained, and be able to provide evidence of, a tertiary qualification
- pass a Working with Children Check (or equivalent) and criminal history check
- be able to obtain a Permission to Teach (or equivalent) from the relevant teaching registration body.
Q: How do I apply to be a participant in the program?
A: You will need to complete an application form, which will be available online at http://teachnext.com.au. This application form will ask you to provide a range of information, including outlining your work experience and expertise, academic achievement, preferences for placement location and interest for teaching. There are also sections to assess your cognitive ability and personal qualities. You will be required to attach a copy of your current CV, as well as any relevant academic transcripts. For further information, please refer to the Applicant Check List, available at http://www.deewr.gov.au/Schooling/Programs/Pages/TeachNext.aspx.
Q: How will successful applicants be identified?
A: A selection panel will include representatives from Deakin University the teacher employers and DEEWR. Participants will be assessed based on academic qualifications, relevant work experience, aptitude for teaching and suitability for an employment-based teaching course. The University of Melbourne has developed a web based assessment tool to support the selection of Teach Next participants, and suitable applicants will also be shortlisted for attendance at an interview.
Course Details and Financial Consideration
Q: If my application is successful, when would I start?
A: The first intake of participants will undertake their initial intensive training component in June 2012, before commencing their school placements in Term 3, July 2012.
Q: Can I defer my start date?
A: If you decline an offer to participate in an intake, you will have to re-apply for any subsequent intake of Teach Next.
Q: If I’m not accepted into the Teach Next program in the first round can I apply again?
A: If you are unsuccessful in your application for an intake you are most welcome to apply for the program again when applications open for subsequent intakes.
Q: Is there any cost to participate in this program?
A: You may be required to pay up to $5000 towards the cost of the course, payable in two instalments of $2500 in February 2013 and February 2014.
Eligible participants will have access to a Commonwealth FEE-HELP loan to pay their portion of the university tuition fee. Participants interested in accessing FEE-HELP should advise the university at the time of enrolment. FEE-HELP loans form part of a person’s accumulated HELP debt, which a person starts repaying through the taxation system when their annual income is above the minimum threshold ($47,196 for 2011-12). More information on FEE-HELP can be found at www.deewr.gov.au/vetfeehelp.
Participants should note that they will also be expected to cover the costs of general living expenses (eg. meals at the intensives, living expenses at home whilst not receiving a wage), personal study equipment, flights and accommodation for the intensives.
Q: Where will the intensive courses be held?
A: The intensive courses for the initial mid-2012 Teach Next cohort will be delivered by Deakin University’s Geelong campus. Location information is available at http://deakin.edu.au/campuses/waurnponds.php.
Q: Will I receive any relocation allowances?
A: All participants will receive a base allowance of $6000. You may also be eligible to receive a loading of up to $4000 if you are required to travel to another city for training (a maximum payment of $1000), and/or need to relocate for employment (a maximum payment of $3000). This allowance will be considered income for tax purposes.
Q: Will I be paid while I am participating in the course?
A: Once you start working in schools, you will be paid a wage commensurate to beginning teachers within the state, adjusted to reflect a reduced teaching load. No wage will be paid while undertaking the initial intensive course. You may be eligible to access Austudy through Centrelink, dependent on your personal circumstances during this initial intensive.
Q: What happens if I pull out part way through the Teach Next program?
A: Should you withdraw from the Teach Next program at any point during the two year program, you may be required to repay any costs incurred or funding provided as a result of your participation in the program. Repayment will be considered on a case by case basis.
Employment and Support
Q: What professional support will I get throughout the program?
A: You will receive support throughout your in-school training from experienced classroom teachers who have been trained as mentors, as well as ongoing support from Deakin University academic staff.
Q: Where could I be placed through the program? Do I have any choice?
A: You will be asked to indicate a placement preference during the application process, although DEEWR and Deakin University cannot guarantee to meet this preference. You will be matched to vacancies based on your area of expertise, which may include hard-to-staff schools, particularly in regional areas. Schools in Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory will be accepting participants from this initial intake. Placements will be offered after you have successfully completed the selection process. For further information regarding state-specific arrangements, please refer to the State Fact Sheets available at http://www.deewr.gov.au/Schooling/Programs/Pages/TeachNext.aspx
Q:Am I able to negotiate my own placement in a particular school?
A: For participants interested in placements in states/territories participating in Intake 1 2012 (the Australian Capital Territory and Western Australia), any enquiries regarding particular schools must be directed through firstname.lastname@example.org to the ACT Education and Training Directorate, the WA Department of Education and Training, or the WA Catholic Education Office.
If you are interested in undertaking a placement in a particular school within a non-participating state or territory, you are able to approach a school directly with details of the Teach Next program. If the school is interested in considering you for a placement at the school and will sponsor you as a potential candidate, please email the details to email@example.com. The school must liaise with the relevant education authorities in their state/territory to be considered as a participant school in the Teach Next program. Individual candidates will still be required to undergo the application process, consistent with the requirements of all applicants. Applicants will also be required to meet the eligibility criteria for the program including the requirement to obtain a Permission to Teach (or equivalent) from the relevant teaching registration body.
Also see earlier question about the states/territories participating in Teach Next for the second intake.
Q: Will I have a full-time teaching load?
A: To recognise that you are undertaking an employment-based pathway, it is anticipated that your teaching load will be 0.8 of a full time teaching load. This is subject to regulations governing particular state and territory jurisdictions.
Q: What will the study load be? How will this be delivered?
A: After completing the initial six week intensive course, participants will be placed within a school and provided with a mentoring teacher. Participants will attend an additional four week intensive in June 2013, as well as two four day workshops in December 2012 and December 2013. There will also be additional study and assessment requirements to be completed during the 2 years of study. Due to a reduced teaching load, participants will have the capacity to utilise this time to complete these requirements as appropriate.
Q: What qualifications will I receive through this program?
A: You will receive a Postgraduate Diploma of Teaching upon successful completion of the Teach Next program.
Q. What is the course structure?
A. Course units will be delivered through a combination of intensives, workshops, online learning and employment-based modes of learning. In the first year, participants will study subjects:
- Introduction to Teaching in the Middle Years,
- Applied Learning in the Middle Years,
- Teaching for Pathways into Tertiary Study
- Youth Culture and Learning Pathways and
- Professional Experience units.
Second year subjects include:
- Applied Learning in the Post-compulsory Education and Training Sector,
- Teachers and Youth Literacy and Numeracy Engagement,
- Partnership Development for Applied and Vocational Learning Programs
- Becoming a Teacher in the 21st Century: the Personal, Professional and Political Challenges and
- Professional Experience units.
Q: Will I have a job when I complete the program?
A: Once you have completed the Teach Next program, you will be able to apply for advertised vacancies in your preferred state or territory. Information on teaching employment opportunities and application processes is available from government and non-government education authorities in states and territories.
Q: I have further questions about Teach Next. Who can I contact?
A: Refer to the Teach Next 2012-2015 Program Guidelines and factsheets available on the Teach Next website: http://www.deewr.gov.au/Schooling/Programs/Pages/TeachNext.aspx
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
- or write to:
Program Coordinator - Teach Next
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
GPO Box 9880
Canberra ACT 2601