Saturday, May 12th, 2012 - The Hon Peter Garrett MP, Minister for School Education, Minister for Early Childhood and Youth
Highly skilled teachers who sign up to work in remote schools will be eligible for salary bonuses of up to $30,000 after two years service under an expansion of the Teach Remote scheme announced in this year’s Budget.

School Education Minister Peter Garrett said the Gillard Government is investing a further $14.3 million to offer a complete incentive package to get some of the nation’s best teachers to take up positions in remote Indigenous schools.

The extra funding will allow the National Alliance of Remote Schools (NARIS) to offer bonuses to help attract up to 200 highly qualified and experienced teachers into some of the most remote and disadvantaged schools in the country. The scheme will start in 2013.

“Schools in the remote areas of the Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales have very high levels of annual staff turnover,” Mr Garrett said.

“Students in these schools face incredibly challenging conditions, including social disadvantage, language barriers and cultural differences. That’s why it’s so important that we get our best, brightest and most experienced teachers into these schools, where they can make a real difference to some of our most vulnerable students.”

Under the scheme, participating schools will be able to offer an incentive package that includes:

A bonus of $10,000 after their first year
A further $20,000 bonus if they complete a second year
A $1000 professional development bonus
Mentoring from senior professionals experienced in remote Indigenous schools
A social network with other teachers in similar settings to reduce isolation

To be eligible for the incentive package, teachers will need to meet the criteria for accreditation as a Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher against the National Professional Standards for Teachers.

“We know that getting the best teachers in our schools is the essential ingredient towards lifting student attendance and results. Recognising the skills and expertise of teachers who are keen to take the opportunity to teach in remote schools will help ensure that students in these schools don’t miss out.”

NARIS is a partnership between the Northern Territory, Western Australia, Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales governments, working with more than 170 schools, and benefitting around 16,500 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

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