Guide to Rural Experience Placements for Principals

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Funding for the position

Principals at rural experience schools have the opportunity to identify a temporary placement opportunity (funded by the initiative) for a minimum of one to a maximum of four terms within a school year.  This means the placement position is in addition to the normal establishment in the school.

Requesting a placement

Principals create placements using the on-line request form.

If you have not visited a Sharepoint site before, the first time you access the request form you will be prompted to enter your department email address and password on a login screen. You will receive a prompt that asks “Would you like to stay signed in?” If you choose, Yes you will remain logged in and will not have to complete this step next time you access the form.

You may then be directed to the department’s intranet login page to enter your department username and password. Once entered, the Rural Experience Program portal will open. Click on the “create new placement opportunity” button to complete a request form.

Types of placements

The rural experience placement needs to be within a school year and can be for a minimum of one term and a maximum of four terms.

Placements can be requested for the following position levels; Classroom Teacher, Head Teacher, Assistant Principal or Deputy Principal.

Principals need to consider what type of skills and experiences the successful teacher should have to support student learning and outcomes in their school.

Some points to consider

  • Whether the experience placement teacher will have a classroom teaching load or will a new opportunity be created which could temporarily support and extend curriculum, student welfare programs or teacher professional learning.
  • Whether the experience placement teacher needs specific expertise to support and/or extend current school programs e.g. a teacher experienced in establishing sports programs.
  • The possibility of a placement being shared between local schools e.g. a teacher mentor to support beginning teachers across two schools in close proximity.

Identifying accommodation for the successful teacher

During the placement application process, principals must identify a range of possible accommodation options available to the successful teacher for the duration of the placement, for example; Share accommodation with a teacher from the school, local caravan park with long term self-contained accommodation, granny flat style accommodation, current rental house availability. Note: Teachers participating in the Rural Experience Program are responsible for arranging their own accommodation.

Further information, including roles and responsibilities can be found in the Rural Experience Guidelines.

Information about the role and the school

The application process requires Principals to include specific information about the role, for example; what the teacher will be doing, their teaching load and any additional commitments that are a part of the role (for example: extra-curricular activities or working across different schools).

It’s also important for Principals to include information about the school to help potential applicants learn more about what it will be like to be part of the school community.

For additional information please refer to the Rural Experience Program information or contact ruralexperience@det.nsw.edu.au.

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