Grow Your Own - Teacher Training Program - FAQs

Find answers to the questions most frequently asked about the Grow Your Own - Teacher Training Program.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the first intake of the Grow Your Own Teacher Training Program pilot you must:

  1. be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident
  2. be currently working as an SLSO in a NSW public school (open to both permanent and long term temporary) in select rural, regional area and high demand metro areas.
  3. have a minimum of 12 months continuous experience in an SLSO role
  4. have endorsement from your current School Principal/s to participate in the Program
  5. willing to enrol in an accredited teaching degree with our partner university (TBA)
  6. accept an appointment as a permanent full-time teacher on successful completion of your studies and work for a minimum of 3 years in a NSW Public School.

The program supports current SLSOs who have yet to undertake tertiary education to become teachers. If you have already enrolled in a Bachelor of Teaching or Education please visit the Get Paid to Study page for further information on other scholarship offerings.

To be eligible for the program you can be either a permanent SLSO or a long-term temporary SLSO employed in an NSW public school. All classifications of SLSO are eligible (including SLSO Health Support, Hearing Support, Bilingual, Vision Support).

At this stage, the pilot is targeted to schools within rural, regional and high demand metro areas of NSW. However, we will be looking to expand in future years and expect to be able to announce more details about this in 2023.

Yes, SLSOs working in Schools for Specific Purpose are encouraged to apply.

At this stage, the pilot in 2023 is only open to SLSOs to undertake Initial Teacher Education to become teachers. In future intakes the program will also expand to be available for other School Administration and Support Staff to apply.

Program details

Applications will open in early Term 4, 2022 and further details will be announced closer to this

Participants in the first intake of the Grow Your Own - Teacher Training Program pilot will begin their studies in Term 1, 2023.

For the pilot program commencing in early 2023, the Department will support a cohort of up to 100 candidates to participate in the Grow Your Own Teacher Training Program. Following this, there will be further intakes in future years.

Should you not receive a place in this program you may be eligible for another program or scholarship to assist in your transition to teaching.

Please visit the Get Paid to Study page of the Education website for further information about other scholarship opportunities with the department.

The program will support candidates to study part-time while continuing to work at the school where they are currently employed as an SLSO. It is expected that SLSOs will continue to work at least 3 days per week in their current school whilst studying.

We recognise that everyone’s circumstances are different and will work with successful candidates, their schools and the university partner on a case by case basis where required.

The 2023 intake of the program is aimed at current SLSOs with a minimum of 12 months continuous experience in an SLSO role who are committed to studying to become qualified teachers in NSW public schools. The opportunity is open for all SLSO types, including those employed on a permanent or long-term temporary basis. As part of the application process you will require endorsement from your current School Principal/s for you and your school to participate in the program.

We strongly encourage applicants with a desire to specialise in high demand subject areas including Inclusive/Special Education, Science, Technological and Applies Studies, Engineering and Mathematics.

The program is open to SLSOs who wish to study to become a teacher in a primary, secondary, central school or school for specific purposes.

The department will work with successful candidates, their schools and the university partner on their subject specialisation.

We strongly encourage applicants with a desire to specialise in high demand subject areas including Inclusive/Special Education, Science, Technological and Applies Studies, Engineering and Mathematics.

Participants will receive the following wrap-around support:

1. $10,000 per year training allowance (total of $30,000) to contribute to the costs of study

2. Employment whilst studying

- Remain employed as an SLSO in current school while studying

- Part-time employment as an educational paraprofessional in final 4 semesters of study

- In final year of studies, like all ITE students, may apply for interim approval to teach

3. Receive a permanent teaching position upon successful completion of your studies and work for a minimum of three years in a NSW public school

4. Access to information sessions, central mentoring and peer networks

The length of study will be similar to a standard accredited teaching degree and could be shorter or longer depending on prior qualifications and experience of SLSOs, and whether they choose to study part-time or full-time.

The department is seeking to partner with an Initial Teacher Education provider to deliver the pilot program. Further details will be announced in Term 3, 2022.

Application process and support

Once applications open, if you are currently employed in one of the areas selected to participate in the pilot, you will be able to apply for the program. As part of the application process you will be required to film a short digital story telling us about yourself and your motivations to become a teacher. You will also be asked to provide your current Principal/s as a reference, as they will need to endorse your application and agree for the school to participate.

More details about the application process will be released when they are available.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff are strongly encouraged to apply for the Grow Your Own Teacher Training program. The Aboriginal Programs team can provide further information and support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and we encourage you to get in touch with them by phone on 1300 32 32 32 (select 3 > 3 > 1) or by email Aboriginalemployment@det.nsw.edu.au

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