FAQs

Frequently asked questions for the Teach and Learn Scholarship (Specialist Teaching Areas).

General

Approved teachers who meet the eligibility criteria can apply for the Teach and Learn Scholarship.

There are two pathways for the Teach and Learn Scholarship Specialist Teaching Areas). Please see below for the differences in the programs:

Applicants for the Teach and Learn Scholarship (Specialist Teaching Areas) for Appointed Teachers must:

  • Be recommended for a permanent teacher librarian, careers adviser or EAL/D teaching position (minimum 0.6 FTE) following merit selection and be currently undertaking, or planning to enrol in the next semester, in an approved postgraduate qualification in teacher librarianship, career education or EAL/D or TESOL or
  • Be permanently appointed to a permanent teacher librarian, careers adviser or EAL/D teaching position (minimum 0.6 FTE) and be currently undertaking, or planning to enrol in the next semester, in an approved postgraduate qualification in teacher librarianship, career education or EAL/D or TESOL.

Teachers who have been engaged in a temporary role as a teacher librarian, careers advisor or English as an Additional Language/Dialect teacher should apply for the Teach and Learn Scholarship (Specialist Teaching Areas) for Temporary Teachers, This includes permanent teachers who hold a substantive permanent position in a KLA other than teacher librarian, careers or English as an additional language/dialect but are relieving in the specialist teaching role.

To apply for a Teach and Learn Scholarship for Specialist Teaching Areas, you will need to.

  1. Download and complete all sections of the Teach and Learn Scholarship (Specialist Teaching Areas) Application Form for Temporary Teachers or Teach and Learn Scholarship (Specialist Teaching Areas) Application Form for Appointed Teachers. These forms are accessible on the sponsorships forms webpage.

  2. Email the principal's supporting statement to your principal and request that they complete it electronically and email it back to you. This form can be found on the sponsorships forms webpage.

  3. Email the referee’s supporting statement to one referee and request that they complete it electronically and email it back to you. This form can be found on the sponsorships forms webpage.

  4. Submit your application by emailing the completed application form, supporting statements and supporting documents to sponsoredtraining@det.nsw.edu.au.

Applications must be submitted using the writable PDF form. An 'Apply now' button is available on the Teach and Learn (Specialist Teaching Areas) web page.

A writable pdf is a pdf document that includes certain fields that are editable without PDF-editor software. Any writable pdf that opens in modern pdf viewers (Acrobat, Preview, Chrome, Bluebeam) will be usable in the Forms tool.

If you have not signed a form using an electronic signature before, the department’s intranet has information regarding setting up an electronic signature. Please view the how-to guide for more information.

Please ensure that your Adobe is up to date. All latest software is available through the staff portal. For additional support please contact EDConnect on 1300 32 32 32.

Hand written, photocopied or scanned applications will not be accepted.

Applications for the Teach and Learn Scholarship (Specialist Teaching Areas) for Temporary Teachers close at 11:59 pm on Friday, 26 August 2022.

Applications for the Teach and Learn Scholarship (Specialist Teaching Areas) for Appointed Teachers are accepted all year round.

You will be required to complete and submit the documents listed below as part of your application:

For Temporary Teachers:

For Appointed Teachers:

All applicants will also need to provide:

  • evidence of enrolment (once available) in a recognised postgraduate master’s degree, graduate diploma or graduate certificate. It is preferred that applicants enrol in a recognised program and present this evidence with their application for the scholarship. It is suggested that applicants liaise with their university to confirm the final date for withdrawal without financial penalty, should their application for the scholarship be unsuccessful. photo identity card issued by the Australian Government or a state or territory government (this may take the form of a Working with Children or Vulnerable People card or a government-issued occupational licence) to verify your identity.
  • Official transcripts of results for any postgraduate studies. Please note: A transcript is an official document outlining subjects and results obtained for each year of study.

As part of the application process, you will be asked to provide a supporting statement from your current principal along with one other supporting statement from a supervisor or colleague.

Your principal may request a delegate to complete your Principal’s Supporting Statement, however both your delegate and principal must co-sign the form.

If your principal has completed the Principal’s Supporting Statement, a delegate isn’t required to counter sign.

If you are unable to gain a Principal’s endorsement you may provide a supporting statement from your most recent supervising stage leader or head teacher. The Employment Programs Team in the School Workforce Directorate may seek further information if your application progresses.

A selection panel will review applications shortly after the application is received. Your principal and referee may be contacted when assessing your application. We may also verify your employment details with the department’s Teacher Recruitment Unit.

Shortlisted scholarship applicants for the Teach and Learn Scholarship (Specialist Teaching Areas) for Temporary Teachers will be required to undertake an online interview to identify their capabilities, key knowledge areas and personal attributes to determine their suitability.

Yes. Both successful and unsuccessful applicants are notified of the outcome via email once the selection process is completed.

If you would like feedback on your application, contact the Employment Programs Team via sponsoredtraining@det.nsw.edu.au.

Successful applicants are required to sign a Scholarship Agreement with the department, committing them to:

  • successfully acquiring additional competencies in a specialist teaching area
  • completing the approved postgraduate program within two years, or within the timeframe required in line with your conditions of employment
  • for permanent teachers, remaining in the permanent full-time teaching position you are appointed to on completion of your studies for a minimum period of three years
  • for temporary teachers, actively seeking employment within NSW public schools in the specialist teaching area of your scholarship.

Studies

For advice on further studies required, please click on the relevant area below:

The Teach and Learn Scholarship can support teachers for a maximum of two years.

For permanent teachers, you will need to complete the required studies in the agreed timeframe, in line with the conditions of your employment.

While engaged in a full-time temporary or permanent capacity, you can apply for up to eight (8) days of paid study leave per year (pro-rata basis for part-time employees). The study leave day(s) must be approved by your principal. Your principal can request for relief funds to be reimbursed to the school if a casual teacher was employed to replace you for the day(s).

An application form for study leave and request for relief funds will be provided to you if you are successful for a scholarship.

Scholarship Payments

The financial benefit under the Teach and Learn Scholarship is capped at $20,000 per year of full time study. The $20,000 is based on a study load of 8 subjects ($2,500 per subject).

You will receive the first scholarship payment once your scholarship is finalised and evidence of your enrolment into postgraduate studies for Semester 1, 2023 has been received. For permanent teachers, the scholarship payment will be calculated from the current semester/session/trimester/term of when the scholarship is granted.

Subjects completed prior to the commencement date of the scholarship will not be paid.

The total maximum amount payable to recipients of the scholarship is $20,000 per year of study and will be paid via electronic funds transfer (EFT) directly into your nominated bank account.

Payments will begin after your sponsorship has been finalised and evidence of enrolment received. Subsequent payments will require you to provide a copy of your results for the previous semester and your new enrolment details.

Scholarship funds will be included alongside your regular pay and are subject to tax. You will be eligible to receive the full $20,000 per year of study if you are completing a minimum of eight subjects per year while on scholarship. If you do not complete a minimum of eight subjects per year, you will be paid a pro-rata amount, that being $2,500 per subject studied while on scholarship.

The department will not provide an allowance for subjects previously failed and reattempted, or subjects for which you receive advanced standing or academic credit.

The following payment scenario is an example based on course requirements where 8 subjects are to be completed

  1. Up to $10,000 paid once the Employment Programs team receives confirmation of your enrolment in approved subjects. This is based on evidence of enrolment in at least four subjects.
  2. Up to $10,000 paid once the Employment Programs team receives confirmation of your successful mid-way completion of approved subjects and evidence of enrolment into at least four more subjects. for the following semester.

Alternatively, if you will be completing subjects over two years, your training allowance payments will be paid on receipt of evidence of enrolment each semester and paid at a rate of $2,500 per subject.

Scholars who are permanent or temporary teachers may receive an allowance of $500 per week (maximum of $5,000) while completing a practicum. If you complete your practicum over several visits the allowance is calculated at a daily rate $100 (maximum of $5,000).

Temporary teachers must be engaged in temporary employment at the time they are required to complete their practicum to be eligible.

The practicum allowance is available when you are required to take leave without pay from your permanent or temporary engagement to complete your practicum.

A Practicum Experience Form for the allowance will be provided to you when you are successful in being offered a scholarship.

The department will not pay the equivalent upfront course contribution fee for any unit for which you receive advanced standing or academic credit for.

The training allowances and practicum allowance (if eligible) payable to scholars will be paid in the regular pay cycle and taxed accordingly.

Any money paid to you by the department must be declared as assessable income on annual income tax returns. You will have tax withheld from your annual training allowance and practicum allowance. HECS-HELP repayments may also be withheld. If you have any taxation questions it is recommended that you seek independent financial and/or taxation advice.

Contact us

If you have not found answers to your questions in the above FAQs, contact the Employment Programs Team via sponsoredtraining@det.nsw.edu.au or phone 1300 300 634.

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