Top students streamlined for disadvantaged schools

Last year in Victoria, an interesting teaching trial got underway.

Exceptionally bright graduates from fields such as maths, science, engineering and technology were given an intensive 6 weeks teachers training and then introduced to some of the socially and economically disadvantaged schools as teachers.

About 85 ‘Associate Teachers’ as they are called, currently work in Victoria and the ACT.

Applications for next year’s intake closed last month, with 14 South Australian graduates hoping to clinch a position in the Victorian-based program.

There are talks of this model being trialled in South Australia and it has got the Education Union concerned.

We were joined today by Correna Haythorpe, President of the Australian Education Union who told us more about the issue. She explained what this teaching trial will involve in South Australia.

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