All children have the capacity to learn and succeed.
Too often though, destiny is determined by the postcode you’re born in.
In Australia, children from low income households are almost three years behind students from high income households. Fortunately, it is possible for students to catch up. Quality teaching and school leadership are critical contributors to breaking the cycle of disadvantage.
This April on SBS, Testing Teachers will follow the experience of six Teach For Australia teachers in their first years of teaching as they confront Australia’s education gap head on.
A new SBS three-part documentary series will explore the wide and varied challenges facing students, teachers and schools in low socioeconomic communities.
Follow Emmanuel, Fiona, Kitty, Sasha, Stephanie and Will who teach across three schools in outer metropolitan and remote Australia. The documentary captures their experiences across 12 months of completing our two-year teacher training and leadership program.
There will be challenges but each teacher is supported by experienced colleagues, professionals and others who you’ll meet along the way. The teachers are also equipped with key competencies, such as resilience and a commitment to making a difference in children’s lives.
Find out what the teachers are doing one year on.Read more
Read our response to the final episode of Testing Teachers.Read more
Read our response to the second episode of Testing Teachers.Read more
Hear Felicity discuss her work supporting the teachers at Southern River College.Listen here
Read our response to the first episode of Testing Teachers.Read more
“But it’s the people, their journeys… that will keep us coming back for more.”Read more
“…required viewing for anybody considering a career in the classroom.”Read more
The Western Australian meets Stephanie ahead of Testing Teachers.Read more
Read the latest interview with Kitty ahead of Testing Teachers going to air.Read more
The Australian spoke to Will ahead of Testing Teachers.Read more
In Australia today, the postcode you’re born in can radically impact your entire future.
Watch this animation for a snapshot of educational disadvantage in Australia:
Children who are from low socioeconomic backgrounds, are Indigenous Australians, from a rural or remote community or from a refugee or asylum seeker background are more likely to face additional barriers that impact on what they can achieve at school and in life.
Without addressing the barriers these students face, the gap in academic achievement often grows over the course of their education.
A snapshot of educational disadvantage in Australia.Read more
Can your postcode determine your level of education?Read more
Education disadvantage is not a characteristic. It’s not something a child chooses.Read more
Chris, Teach For Australia Alumnus, blogs on the economic forces at play.Read more
Despite the barriers that children from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds face, it is possible for them to catch up. Quality teaching and school leadership are key.
In Australia, students taught by the highest performing teachers have been found to learn as much in six months as what the lowest performing teachers accomplish in a year (Leigh, 2010).
We need high-quality teachers in classrooms and strong individuals leading our schools who are dedicated to supporting students to succeed.
To support teachers and leaders, as a country we need to:
Eight years of Teach For Australia.Read more
Read more about Alumnus, Al’s, experience since changing career from engineer to teacher.Read more
Learn more about the impact of student and teacher expectations on achievement.Listen
What one thing can you do to talk teachers up and show them we care?Read more
Five reasons (plus one) you would make a great teacher.Read more
It’s possible for students from educationally disadvantaged communities to catch up.Read more
The reality of a maths class where all kids learn.Read more
What is it and why does it matter? Listen to our latest podcast to find out.Listen
“I need to appreciate that my students are performing in a second language…”.Read more
Bowman, 2016 Cohort, blogs for The Huffington Post Australia.Read more
Cindy, 2016 Cohort, blogs on why it’s the small wins that really matter.Read more
Listen to an interview between a principal and his student on the topic of leadership.Listen