FAQs

General

Industry professionals, current university students or those intending to enrol and HSC students who meet the eligibility requirements can apply for a teach.MathsNOW Scholarship.

In addition to applying for the teach.MathsNOW Scholarship, you may also be eligible to apply for a teach.Rural Scholarship or Teacher Education Scholarship. You can apply for multiple scholarships with the NSW Department of Education, however, you will only be awarded one scholarship.

Yes, you may reapply provided that you meet the eligibility criteria.

Up to 80 teach.MathsNOW scholarships are available to industry professionals, current university students or those intending to enrol and HSC students, training to become secondary mathematics teachers.

teach.MathsNOW scholarships can support future teachers for a minimum of one year and a maximum of five years. Scholars must remain enrolled and studying for the entire duration of time for which they have been granted a scholarship.

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

  • accepting appointment as an educational paraprofessional (on a part-time basis) in a NSW public school in their final three semesters of study, for the remaining duration of their teacher training. Scholars who have 3 semesters or less of study remaining, will commence part-time work as an Educational Paraprofessional after the completion of their first semester of study while on scholarship, for the remaining duration of their teacher training.
  • successfully completing teacher education studies at a recognised Australian university that will lead to a qualification that meets the department's and NESA's academic requirements for employment as a secondary mathematics teacher.
  • satisfying the Department’s recruitment procedures and requirements. During the final two semesters of study, scholars are required to submit an application for employment as a teacher through the Department’s online application for approval to teach, which will include a teacher suitability assessment and behavioural interview.
  • accepting an appointment as a permanent full-time teacher in a NSW public school in an agreed location on completion of their studies.
  • remaining in the permanent full-time teaching position they are appointed to on completion of their studies for a minimum of three years.

Some examples of relevant industries would include, but are not limited to: engineering, banking, insurance and investment, environmental modelling, medicine, meteorology, computing, information technology, government, education or research.

Application process

Applications must be submitted using the online application form. During the application period an 'Apply now' button will be available on the teach.MathsNOW Scholarship webpage. Outside the application period, you are encouraged to subscribe to be notified when applications open.

Applicants are encouraged to commence and submit their application as early as possible during the application period.

No. The online application form will only be available until 11:59 pm on Friday, 26 August 2022. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

The online application system will not allow you to submit your application until all the required fields have been completed. Once you click on the submit button, a confirmation email will automatically be sent to the email address you provided as part of the application process. Please keep a copy of that email for your records. If you did not receive a confirmation email, please email the Employment Programs Team via teach.mathsNOW@det.nsw.edu.au.

NSW public schools are grouped into ten geographic locations called regions. Each region has a number of 'areas' for the purpose of staffing schools. Applicants are encouraged to download and view the organisation of public schools by staffing area resource. As a scholarship holder, you are considered an employment applicant and therefore when selecting areas as part of your scholarship application, schools to which you are considered for appointment will align with the “areas” for the purposes of staffing schools. 

As part of the application process, you will be asked to select either 'Anywhere in the State' or individual school education areas where you would like to be appointed on completion of your studies.

If you select to be appointed 'Anywhere in the State', you are agreeing to be appointed to a school in one of the following school education areas: Albury, Armidale, Bankstown, Batemans Bay, Bathurst, Blacktown, Bondi, Bourke, Broken Hill, Campbelltown, Central Coast, Clarence/Coffs Harbour, Deniliquin, Dubbo, Fairfield, Granville, Griffith, Hornsby, Lake Macquarie, Lismore, Liverpool, Maitland, Moree, Mount Druitt, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Northern Beaches, Orange, Parramatta, Penrith, Port Jackson, Port Macquarie, Queanbeyan, Ryde, Shellharbour, St George, Sutherland, Tamworth, Taree, Tweed Heads/Ballina, Wagga Wagga, Windsor or Wollongong.

You may also choose to select one school education area from the following list of priority rural or remote areas of workforce need: Bourke, Broken Hill, Dubbo, Griffith, Moree or Orange.

You could also select a minimum of five or more individual school education areas, from either Sydney metropolitan areas and/or rural or remote areas of workforce need. These areas include: Albury, Armidale, Bankstown, Batemans Bay, Bathurst, Blacktown, Bondi, Campbelltown, Central Coast, Clarence/Coffs Harbour, Deniliquin, Fairfield, Granville, Hornsby, Lake Macquarie, Lismore, Liverpool, Maitland, Mount Druitt, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Northern Beaches, Parramatta, Penrith, Port Jackson, Port Macquarie, Queanbeyan, Ryde, Shellharbour, St George, Sutherland, Tamworth, Taree, Tweed Heads/Ballina, Wagga Wagga, Windsor and Wollongong.

You will be required to complete and submit the documents listed below as part of your application for the teach.MathsNOW Scholarship:

  • Principal's recommendation form - for HSC students only (PDF 118 KB) (if you are currently completing the HSC) as well as Year 11 and 12 school reports and results to date
  • results of undergraduate degree for each year of study and practicum reports, including current enrolment (if applicable)
  • official evidence verifying completion of undergraduate degree (if applicable)
  • a statement of service confirming 3 years relevant industry experience within the last 10 years - for industry professionals only. Evidence must be provided that the work was in the context of mathematics.
  • Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check: Application and informed consent form (PDF 1.8 MB) 
  • Declaration for Child-Related Workers: Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (PDF 190 KB) 
  • Proof of identity (PDF 44 KB) including evidence of Australian Citizenship, permanent residence or visa permitting employment in Australia (if not born in Australia).

To submit the documents, open your IworkforNSW application and upload in line with the instructions provided, prior to the closing date.

A selection panel will consider all applications shortly after the closing date. Scholarship applicants who are shortlisted will be required to undertake online assessments to identify: their capabilities, key knowledge areas and personal attributes to determine their suitability.

A teach.MathsNOW Scholarship will be offered to successful applicants in January for continuation or commencement of their university studies in Semester 1, 2023.

The offer of a scholarship is dependent on the applicant:

  1. Being enrolled in an initial teacher education program in 2023 at a recognised Australian university that will lead to a qualification that meets the department's and NESA's academic requirements for employment as a secondary mathematics teacher by the end of 2027.
  2. Satisfying the conditions of a Working With Children Check, which is a prerequisite for anyone undertaking child-related work. The check involves a national criminal history check and a review of findings of workplace misconduct.
  3. Entering into a Scholarship Agreement, a legally binding agreement that outlines the responsibilities of both the scholarship applicant and the NSW Department of Education. The agreement also states the duration of the scholarship and the service commitment areas that were selected by the applicant during the application process.
  4. Successfully completing an assessment of your English language proficiency. This is a requirement to gain an approval to teach in NSW public schools for applicants who have not completed the full four years of required higher education in a country where English is the main language.

Yes. Both successful and unsuccessful applicants are notified of the outcome via email once the selection process has been completed. If you change your contact details after the closing date, please email your updated contact details to the Employment Programs Team via teach.mathsNOW@det.nsw.edu.au.

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

Studies

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) is responsible for accrediting initial teacher education programs in NSW. Refer to the NESA website to make sure that the program you wish to study has been accredited.

If you intend to study or are currently studying a teacher education program in another state, you will also need to make sure that your program is recognised as an appropriate initial teacher education program by NESA.

For admission to NSW graduate entry secondary teaching programs, your undergraduate studies must align with the area you intend to teach. Your bachelor degree should contain at least one major study relevant to the first teaching area (mathematics) consistent with the NSW Education Standards Authority’s subject content knowledge requirements.

If you have not completed a major in pure or applied mathematics as part of your undergraduate degree you are able to include appropriate postgraduate pure or applied mathematics studies to satisfy the required number of discipline units. In addition, some graduate entry secondary teacher training programs may include elective units that can be used to top up any shortfall in the required number of mathematics discipline units.

You are required to complete the following university-level studies to gain approval to teach secondary mathematics:

  1. A major of six subjects in pure or applied mathematics with at least four subjects at second-year level and above (must include algebra and calculus). One unit of statistics may be counted provided it is studied as a stand-alone unit. Engineering units may be considered upon review of unit statements for appropriate mathematical content; and
  2. An approved graduate entry teacher training program containing one or two subjects of mathematics method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7 – 12, including one or two subjects of practicum in a secondary mathematics school setting.

Educational paraprofessional placement

Scholars will commence part-time work as an Educational Paraprofessional in their final three semesters of study, for the remaining duration of their teacher training. Scholars who have 3 semesters or less of study remaining, will commence part-time work as an Educational Paraprofessional after the completion of their first semester of study while on scholarship, for the remaining duration of their teacher training.

Scholars are appointed to a NSW public school that is within a reasonable travel distance of the university they are attending or their residential address.

Scholars are employed under the Teaching Services Act 1980 as Educational Paraprofessionals. This means that scholars work under the same conditions and hours of work as a teacher, with paid leave during school holidays in accordance with their part-time status. Scholars also have access to sick leave, accrued pro rata.

As Educational Paraprofessionals, scholars will work on a part-time basis while completing their studies. Scholars are also required to work during university breaks in cases where those breaks fall outside of school holiday periods. To ensure that your work at your school aligns with your university studies, you will be able to negotiate your working days with your school supervisor.

Scholars work with individual students or small groups of students to support individualised learning plans under the supervision of a teacher. Scholars also support the teacher to develop curriculum and assessment materials, research professional learning materials, prepare the learning environment, implement teaching and learning strategies and collate student data. Scholars do not have any direct supervision of students or any responsibility for classroom management.

Scholars may be asked to assist a teacher during playground duty or with school sport activities.

Scholars may also be asked to participate in after-school activities on the days that they are working at their school. These activities may include staff meetings, professional learning activities and parent-teacher meetings.

The annual salary of a full time educational paraprofessional in the process of obtaining education degree qualifications is $69,939 (as at 01/01/22). Scholars are paid as Educational Paraprofessionals pro-rata, commensurate with their part-time status.

Scholarship payments

The equivalent upfront course contribution fees teach.MathsNOW scholars receive, as well as the training allowance and study completion grant must be declared as assessable income on annual income tax returns. Scholars may have tax withheld from their equivalent upfront course contribution fee payment, training allowance and study completion grant. HECS-HELP repayments may also be withheld depending on individual circumstances. 

teach.MathsNOW scholars will receive their $5,000 training allowance once the Employment Programs Team receives confirmation of their enrolment. The study completion grant ($5,000 for HSC applicants and university students, $15,000 for industry professionals) will be paid once the Employment Programs Team receives a final academic transcript clearly stating that the scholar has satisfactorily completed all course requirements.

The department pays the equivalent of your upfront course contribution fees (up to a limit of $50,000) over the duration of your teaching degree, directly to you. Payment will be scheduled at the completion of each semester of study, on provision of your university fee invoice and your academic transcript showing your results for those units appearing on your invoice.

To be eligible to receive your equivalent upfront course contribution fee for a unit, you must provide the Employment Programs Team with a copy of your university fee invoice clearly stating the cost of the unit and your academic transcript showing your results in the unit (from your previous semester’s study). Scholars are paid in the form of an electronic funds transfer (EFT) directly into their nominated bank account on completon of each semester of study.

The department will not pay for any unit you have previously failed and reattempted while on scholarship, no matter what result you subsequently achieve.

The total amount of equivalent value of upfront course contribution fees paid by the department is capped at $50,000.

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 department will not pay the equivalent upfront course contribution fee for any unit for which you achieve an ungraded result.

Appointment as a teacher

On successful completion of their teacher education studies, teach.MathsNOW scholars are appointed to a full-time permanent teaching position in a NSW public school in an agreed location. A scholar may initially be appointed to a NSW public school temporarily as 'above establishment' until a suitable substantive vacancy arises.

On successful completion of their teacher education studies, scholars are appointed to a full-time permanent teaching position in a NSW public school in line with the agreed areas/schools confirmed within the Scholarship Agreement. Scholars should familiarise themselves with the schools located within each “area”. Scholars will be given one appointment and will not be offered multiple appointments under the scholarship.

Yes. On completion of their teacher education studies and appointment to a permanent position, scholars may be eligible for a wide range of benefits and incentives. The benefits vary from school to school. Use the Teach NSW benefits calculator to find out about the benefits and incentives that are available to teachers at individual schools.

Contact us

If you have not found the answers to your questions in the above FAQs, contact the Employment Programs Team via teach.mathsNOW@det.nsw.edu.au or phone 1300 114 541.

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