Kyabram Free Press

New opportunit­y for top teachers

- By Darren Linton

Victoria’s best and brightest teachers can now apply for the prestigiou­s Teaching Excellence Program at the new Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership.

Education Minister James Merlino announced the opening of applicatio­ns for the Australian­first program of advanced profession­al learning for highperfor­ming teachers across government, Catholic and independen­t schools.

Shepparton is one of seven regional centres to host a campus and the academy will have its main hub in a historic building in the Treasury precinct in Melbourne which will be transforme­d with flexible learning spaces and enhanced technology for contempora­ry profession­al learning.

The Victorian Government has invested $148.2 million over four years to establish the academy — a new statutory authority which will support our best teachers to remain in the classroom and further develop their skills to become recognised as leaders in teaching excellence.

The Teaching Excellence Program is a one-year program that will take up to 250 teachers in its first year, increasing to 500 per year once the academy is fully operationa­l.

“This Australian-first program will ensure our best and brightest teachers can access specialise­d profession­al learning and developmen­t to take back and share with their colleagues and in their classrooms,” Mr Merlino said.

“Developing high-performing teachers is key to delivering longterm improvemen­ts in student outcomes, so this investment in our teachers is a profound investment in our students.”

The program will start in term one next year.

Teachers can apply at bastow.vic.edu.au/profession­allearning

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