Teaching academies and alliances

Deakin partners with school leaders in Melbourne, Geelong and Warrnambool to deliver an enhanced model for pre-teacher education.

The teaching academies and alliances have improved the way we align our Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programs with local schools’ priorities for improvement and advancement.


Advantages of a Teaching Academy model

The academies model ensures that Deakin education students receive placements/teaching practicums in their local areas. The alliance also provides a basis for a mutually beneficial, ongoing partnership between the university and our school communities.

It means that Deakin students receive preferred places, and at some schools exclusive placements.

Government support means more opportunities

The Victorian Government established 12 Teaching Academies of Professional Practice (TAPPs) in 2014 – three of these specifically for Deakin University. 

The Deakin bid was regarded as an example of best practice, and a model for the future direction of TAPPs. Deakin’s academies and alliances receive ongoing financial support from the Department of Education and Training (DET)’s TAPP initiative.

Visit the DET’s Teaching Academies of Professional Practice webpage

Where are our academies and alliance located?

Three Deakin teaching academies have been established across Melbourne, Geelong and Warrnambool. Each of the academies includes a smaller 'alliance' of primary and secondary schools.

Geelong Teaching Academy

Newcomb Alliance
Site Director: Cara Johnson  

  • Newcomb Secondary College (Coordinating school)
  • Geelong East Primary
  • Leopold Primary
  • Moolap Primary
  • Newcomb Park Primary
  • Tate Street Primary
  • Whittington Primary

Bellarine Alliance
Site Director: Marnie Lunnon-Johnson 

  • Bellarine Secondary College (Coordinating school)
  • Barwon Heads Primary
  • Clifton Springs Primary
  • Drysdale Primary
  • Ocean Grove Primary
  • Portarlington Primary
  • St Leonards Primary
  • Surfside Primary
  • Wallington Primary

Surf Coast Alliance
Site Director: Blanche Denmead

  • Surf Coast Secondary College (Coordinating school)
  • Bellbrae Primary
  • Moriac Primary School
  • Torquay P–6 College

North Geelong Alliance
Site Director: Stephanie McDonald 

  • North Geelong Secondary College (Coordinating school)
  • Ashby Primary
  • Bell Park North Primary
  • Hamlyn Banks Primary
  • Herne Hill Primary
  • Nelson Park School
  • Rollins Primary

Northern Bay Alliance
Site Director: Joanne Henriksen 

  • Northern Bay P–12 College (Coordinating school)
  • Hendy Street P–8
  • Peacock P–8
  • Tallis P–7
  • Wexford P–8

Melbourne Teaching Academy

Ringwood Alliance
Site Director: Jessica Lambden 

  • Ringwood Secondary College (Coordinating school)
  • Croydon Community School
  • Croydon Hills Primary
  • Great Ryrie Primary
  • Heathmont East Primary
  • Kalinda Primary
  • Ringwood North Primary
  • Warranwood Primary
  • Wonga Park Primary
  • Yarra Road Primary


 Mooroolbark Alliance
Site Director: Amanda Peters 

  • Mooroolbark College (Coordinating school)
  • Billanook Primary
  • Bimbadeen Heights Primary
  • Birmingham Primary
  • Manchester Primary
  • Montrose Primary
  • Mooroolbark East

Hallam and South East Alliance
Site Director: Maree Jarrett 

  • Hallam Senior Secondary College (Coordinating school)
  • Doveton College
  • Fleetwood Primary School
  • Fountain Gate Primary
  • Fountain Gate Secondary College
  • Gleneagles Secondary College
  • James Cook Primary
  • Maramba Primary School
  • Mossgiel Park Primary
  • Oatlands Primary School
  • Thomas Mitchell Primary

Tarneit and Werribee Alliance
Site Director: Shevonne Vass 

  • Baden Powell P–9 College (Coordinating school)
  • Tarneit P–9 College
  • Tarneit Senior College
  • Werribee Primary

Warrnambool Teaching Academy

Warrnambool Alliance
Site Director: Jeff Gillies 

  • Warrnambool College (Coordinating school)
  • Brauer Secondary College
  • Koroit and District Primary
  • Nullawarre and District Primary
  • Merrivale Primary
  • Warrnambool East Primary
  • Warrnambool Primary
  • Woolsthorpe Primary

Contact us

Melbourne Teaching Academy of Professional Practice
Simone Flanagan
Email Simone

Geelong and Warrnambool Academies of Professional Practice
Rob Cherry
Email Rob