Providing public education

Strengthening support for teaching and learning excellence in every classroom

Strengthening support for teaching and learning excellence in every classroom

We provided staff with opportunities to grow their professional capabilities to raise the standard of teaching and impact on learning. We promoted careers in public education to build the supply of high quality staff applying for positions in our schools.

We provide support to early career teachers through the Graduate Teacher Induction program. Support includes professional learning for graduate teachers and school-based mentors, and a graduates coaching program. In 2021, 3,874 teachers completed components of the Graduate Teacher Professional Learning Program and 580 accessed individual support through the in-class coaching component. All support is aligned to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Teachers who provide and support high quality teaching in schools are recognised through our level 3 classroom teacher and senior teacher programs. 

In 2021, 103 exemplary teachers achieved level 3 classroom teacher status and 676 teachers became senior teachers. Senior teachers are experienced teachers committed to high quality teaching and ongoing professional learning.

Following completion of the pilot Aboriginal Aspirant Level 3 Classroom Teachers program in 2020–21, a review of the program has commenced. The program aimed to prepare staff to undertake the process to become a level 3 classroom teacher.

The Leap program responds to emerging Department and local school workforce needs by qualifying existing teachers in specialist subjects of need. In 2021–22, Leap trained 455 teachers in secondary mathematics, design and technology, English, science, humanities and social sciences, education support, languages, school psychology and in a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

In 2022, we began providing funding to facilitate industry work placements to ensure teachers and trainers have contemporary industry skills relevant to the training they are delivering. The program, an election commitment of the state government, supports teachers and trainers to deliver high quality vocational education and training that meets the needs of industry.

Through the annual WA Education Awards, we acknowledged teachers, leaders and support staff in public schools for their role in making a difference in the lives of students in Western Australia.

In 2021, through the Professional Practice Program, we supported:

  • 223 professional experience placements undertaken by pre-service teaching and school psychology students in a regional area. Support included an induction program, school visits and classroom observations, coaching and funding including access to stipends and travel allowances.
  • 98 pre-service teachers with major learning areas in areas of oversupply to complete short courses to upskill in areas of workforce demand such as mathematics, physical science, digital technologies and education support.

Fourteen pre-service secondary teachers were supported financially to undertake an internship in a metropolitan public school through the Internships for Pre-Service Teachers project. This project aims to increase capacity and work readiness by delivering practical learning that integrates theory into classroom practice. All interns were completing qualifications in subject areas of need, including science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), English, or humanities and social sciences.

Forty-two Teach for Australia associates commenced teaching in 12 non-metropolitan and 9 metropolitan secondary schools in 2022, joining the 37 associates teaching in 18 schools in their second year of the program. Associates are high-calibre graduates willing to work in eligible schools for 2 years while completing a Master of Teaching.

In Term 4, 2021, we piloted the Public School Teaching Pathway program. This new program, in partnership with Western Australian universities, offers secondary schools the opportunity to employ high performing pre-service teachers on a part-time basis during the final year of their teaching course. Five candidates were employed across 3 metropolitan secondary schools as part of the pilot. Planning continued for a 2022 intake of the program, to commence later in the year.

The pilot On Country Teacher Education Program, developed with and delivered by Curtin University, continued to support Aboriginal allied professionals in our schools to complete a Bachelor of Education (Primary Education). In 2022, 15 staff are studying part-time while continuing to work in their existing roles.

In 2021, we awarded 2 inaugural Bob Hawke Aboriginal teacher scholarships to support aspiring Aboriginal secondary teachers to complete their teaching qualification. We launched the 2022 scholarship program and will award a further 2 scholarships later in the year.

The Remote Connection Program offers experienced teachers and school leaders the opportunity to spend one week living and working in a remote community. The program enables staff to gain an understanding of whether they are suited to a career in a remote school. The program was paused during 2021–22 due to COVID-19, but has resumed from July 2022.

We continued to arrange and subsidise housing to attract and retain staff in our rural, regional and remote public schools. In 2021–22, $73.6 million was paid in rent for 2,254 properties occupied by our staff and mostly owned or leased by Government Regional Officers’ Housing ($63.4 million for 2,256 properties in 2020–21). Of this, we subsidised 75% (73% in 2020–21).