GEP Northern Territory

The GEP Northern Territory provides an experience of living and teaching in regional towns and remote communities in the Northern Territory.

There are many highlights of this program including the acceptance by the local communities and their generosity in sharing their community and the opportunity to teach indigenous students and learn from them.

This experience equips pre-service teachers with strategies to teach Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and to develop respect and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

Northern Territory Woman Painting

Placement dates

  • August 5 week program (Masters students): Thursday 9th August - Saturday 15th September, 2018.
  • October 3 week program (Bachelor students): Thursday 18th October - Saturday 10th November, 2018.

Eligibility

Applications for 2018 GEP Northern Territory closed Sunday 25 March, 2018.

The GEP Northern Territory is available for students enrolled in one of the following courses at Deakin:

Bachelor level students:

  • Bachelor of Education (Primary) E359
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts D347
  • Bachelor of Health and Physical Education E377
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Science)/Bachelor of Science D351

A GEP Northern Territory placement must replace an approved placement unit, or be included as part of elective EEG302 Place, Culture & Teaching in a Global Context. See table below for full details.

Masters level students:

  • Master of Teaching Primary E762
  • Master of Teaching Secondary E763
  • Master of Teaching Primary and Early Childhood E764 (dual strand)
  • Master of Teaching Primary & Secondary E765 (dual strand)
  • Master of Applied Learning and Teaching E730

A GEP Northern Territory placement must replace an approved placement unit. See table below for full details.

Approved courses and units for Bachelor level students:

Course name Units approved for Northern Territory placement Elective unit - enrolment in Trimester 3:
Bachelor of Education (Primary) E359 ETP302 Curriculum Inquiry
or
ETS302 Curriculum Enquiry - Middle Years (7-10)
EEG302 Place, Culture & Teaching in a Global World
Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts D347 EPP304 Ways of Knowing Children and Adolescents EEG302 Place, Culture & Teaching in a Global World
Bachelor of Teaching (Science)/Bachelor of Science D351 EPP304 Ways of Knowing Children and Adolescents Not available.
Bachelor of Health and Physical Education E377

EPP303 Health and Physical Education: Curriculum Study B - for students to started from 2016.

EPP305 Policy, Schooling and Society(T1 2019 enrolment) - for students who commenced before 2016.

Not available.

Approved courses and units for Masters level students:

Course name Placement unit eligible for GEP Northern Territory
Master of Teaching Primary E762

EPR722 Managing Teaching in Professional Experience

EPR723 Reflecting on Practice in Professional Experience

Master of Teaching Secondary E763

EPR732 Managing Teaching in Professional Experience

EPR733 Reflecting on Practice in Professional Experience

Master of Teaching Primary and Early Childhood (dual strand) E764 EPR722 Managing Teaching in Professional Experience

(Please note: EPR743 is not eligible for GEP Northern Territory)
Master of Teaching Primary and Secondary (dual strand) E765

EPR722 Managing Teaching in Professional Experience

EPR753 Reflecting on Practice in Professional Experience

Master of Applied Learning and Teaching E730 ECN723 Middle Years Teaching Strategies (Years 5 - 9)

About the program

The Northern Territory Global Education Program (NTGEP) has been operating since 2004 years and is the only GEP in Australia. The NTGEP provides an experience of living and teaching in regional towns and remote communities in the Northern Territory.

There are many highlights of this program including the acceptance by the local communities and their generosity in sharing their community and the opportunity to teach indigenous students and learn from them.

This experience equips pre-service teachers with strategies to teach Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and to develop respect and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Such an experience provides a basis for negotiating the standards 1.4 and 2.4 of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.

Accommodation in each location varies and depends on the availability of vacant teacher housing (fully furnished), which in turn depends on the staffing situation at the school. In regional towns such as Katherine and Taminmin it may be billeting or share houses. In Maningrida students share accommodation called dongas on the school site.

Induction: Students are to commit to an induction program consisting of a full day face to face and one campus based session prior to leaving. A Cloud Deakin site includes the four modules that comprise the induction program as well as updates on the program.

The Northern Territory Global Education Program (GEP) is located in two main regions:

Katherine Region (August and October)

The Katherine region is located from the Gulf of Carpentaria to the West Australian border and covers many remote and rural communities. It has a population of more than 24 000 people, of whom 60 per cent identify as Indigenous. Katherine township is located 300kms south of Darwin. Katherine is the major centre for the region. Many of the indigenous communities are in very remote locations, up to 7 hours driving from Katherine.

The Katherine region and has 29 schools in an area the same size as Victoria. Many of the Indigenous communities are in very remote locations, up to 7 hours driving from Katherine. In 2015 students were placed at Lajamanu, Kalkarindji, Ngukurr and Minyerri remote schools. Students are always placed with a least one other student and live in the community.  Accommodation in each location varies depending on availability of teacher housing (fully furnished), which in turn depends on the staffing situation at the school. Should housing be available it will be utilised on a shared basis.

The August placement is in the Katherine region for primary and secondary placements.

Jilkminggan school

Kalkaringi School

Minyerri

Ngukurr

Lajamanu

Arnhem Region (October)

The Arnhem region borders the Arafura Sea.  An established relationship has been developed with the Maningrida School located in the community of Maningrida, 550km east of Darwin. Students fly into Maningrida from Darwin.

Students are placed in two schools in the Arnhem region -Maningrida School on the mainland and Galiwin’ku School on Elcho Island. Elcho Island is an island off the coast of Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia. It is located at the southern end of the Wessel Islands group located in the East Arnhem Region. The island's largest community is the settlement of Galiwin'ku.

The NTGEP has been placing students at Maningrida for the past five years and for Galiwin’ku

Students at Maningrida live onsite close to the school. In Galiwin'ku students live closeby in teacher housing.

Maningrida

Maningrida School is located in the community of Maningrida, 550km east of Darwin. The population is approximately 2700, however can fluctuate depending on the season and ceremonial activity. There are seven main languages spoken in the area; the dominant languages are Ndjebbana, Burrara, Nakara, Kunwin’ku, Gurrgoni and Rembarrnga and Jinang. English is spoken to various degrees of proficiency but not by all residents. The Kunibidji are the traditional owners on the land where Maningrida is located. Road access via 4WD is only possible in the dry season. Maningrida can also be accessed via regular passenger air transport services and has an all weather airstrip.

Shepherdson College

Shepherdson College is located in the community of Galiwin'ku on Elcho Island, 550km northeast of Darwin. The population of Galiwin'ku is approximately 2200 and Djambarrpuyngu and Gupapuyungu are the most commonly spoken Yolngu Mata languages; there are up to 12 additional languages spoken in the community. The island can be accessed via regular passenger air transport services and has an all weather airstrip.

The October placement is for undergraduate primary students with a limited number of secondary placements.

  • And because the cultures are so far removed and the pendulum is so far removed it forced me to learn how to teach, not just draw on experiences and discussion and training.. So easily the most important thing I’ve done in teacher education

The Northern Territory Experience

The wonderful acceptance of us by the local communities and their generosity in sharing their culture is undoubtedly a highlight of the experience. The challenge to be able to engage the many ESL students in nearly all schools provides participants with great learning opportunities to benefit their future teaching.

One of the greatest strengths of this program is the sense of camaraderie developed across the whole group, as well as in the teams in particular locations. For many the experiences in these locations can be both challenging and inspiring at the same time. Often participants are confronted by their own previous assumptions and other perspectives portrayed in the media. For these reasons debriefing sessions are often undertaken at the end of each day, especially in the first few days of the experience in each location and again on return to Melbourne.

We visit the region toward the end of the dry season when generally there will have been no rain for the previous 5-6 months. The humidity is mild but greater than Melbourne and does increase during our time in the area. Temperatures overnight range from 15-25C and 30-40C during the day depending where in the region you are placed.

Accommodation in each location varies depending on availability of vacant teacher housing (fully furnished), which in turn depends on the staffing situation at the school. Should housing be available it will be utilised on a shared basis. Should teacher housing not be available billeting in teacher housing, rooms in guest houses or self-contained units at caravan parks could all be utilised. Students will book their own accommodation in Darwin.


Costs

2018 costs to be finalised.

  • August 5 week:  Approx. $1,500 to $1,700
  • October 3 week: Approx. $800 to $1000

Students will be asked to provide an initial deposit within 2 weeks of being made an offer into GEP Northern Territory. Final payment amount and deadline will be advised at the time of offer.


Student testimonials

"I am forever grateful for getting this opportunity. I have never been more challenged in my life and due to completing the program, I’ve never been more proud of myself. Please continue to do this program, because it shakes things up, it pushes boundaries and man, it’s hard work, but boy, it’s the best work ever!"

“Working in a remote Indigenous community was an amazing but intense experience, at times both inspiring and confrontational, exhilarating and exhausting. I have gained many insights into myself as both a teacher and a learner and, as a non-Indigenous educator, I have returned with a newfound ability to incorporate Aboriginal perspectives into classroom discourse with depth, sensitivity and understanding.”

"The Cloud Deakin modules definitely helped further my knowledge on how to be respectful during the experience, which is particularly important in Indigenous communities. I gained a better insight into the type of language I would need to use in the classroom and around the community and what to expect from the experience. I found the module on Indigenous History particularly important, learning more about the mistreatment of Indigenous people in the past definitely gave me a better perspective heading into the community."

"I gained a deeper understanding into the ways to address language barriers when teaching and how these can impact on the students if teaching is not direct and tailored to their needs."


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