Teacher Education Win!

Published: Thursday, 4 January 2024
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If you or your child are interested in teaching, one of these grants may be the pathway for you.

Supported Pathway into Teaching: New pathway for teacher aides to become teachers in Queensland state schools

"Teacher Aides are often the lifeblood of our schools, and many are wanting to take the next step into teaching: we want to absolutely encourage and support that which is what this pathway program is all about."

Teacher Aides will receive paid leave for their exams and professional experience placements, and schools will also be funded to backfill while these Aides are not at school. Upon registration, all Teacher Aides in the pathway will receive an offer of permanent employment in a priority location. So if you know any R&R Teacher Aides this could be an excellent pathway to a teaching degree. The full program starts next year but current Teacher Aides will be eligible for special leave with pay for any compulsory practical placements from the start of Term 3 this year. Further information will be made available on the Teach Queensland website soon, so keep an eye out! 

Aspiring Teacher Grant

Scholarships and grants for aspiring teachers are to more than double to nearly $3m. These grants support high achieving school leavers with up to $5,000 to study teaching at university. The number of grants will double from 25 to 50. There is also some provision for rural and remote students in the guidelines including priority for students from drought affected areas. See the Teach Queensland website for full details.

Regional, Rural and Remote Graduate Teacher Scholarships

These scholarships aimed at final year preservice teachers offer a one-off, taxable grant of up to $15,000 and an offer of permanent employment in regional, rural and remote state schools for up to three years. The number of scholarships will increase from 72 to 100.

Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarship

This scholarship supports aspiring and preservice Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander teachers. The number of scholarships will increase from 20 to 30 and the total value will increase from $20,000 to $40,000.

Turn to Teaching (TTT) and Trade to Teach (pilot) Internship Programs 

Turn to Teaching Internship Program applications now open for 2024. This program is for people who already have a degree but are looking to turn to teaching. Perfect for R&R professionals looking for an exciting change. The program provides aspiring teachers with financial scholarships of $20,000, mentoring support and a paid teaching internship as part of their teaching qualification. A guaranteed permanent teaching position in a Queensland state school is also a part of this program. 

The $10 million Trade to Teach Internship provides qualified tradespeople to get financial support, an income, mentoring and classroom experience, and ultimately a permanent teaching position in a Queensland state secondary school. If you know a tradie looking for a change into education than this is the program to investigate.

Minister Grace Grace MP full media release can be viewed here.

These are excellent initiatives that can be applied to rural and remote settings and ICPA Qld look forward to hearing success stories soon.

Please share this information around or tag an interested person you know who could benefit from these programs.