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Program details

Each year the department will be accepting 30 high-performing teachers and 20 teaching graduates.

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Participants will move through consistent program phases in FASTstream, with tailored placements and experiences to meet their individual development needs. Participants will be required to meet specific milestones/benchmarks within each phase to continue in the program and progress to the next program phase.

Phase 1 Teaching and teacher leadership

  • Focus: Developing pedagogical and curriculum expertise, teaching and learning and formative leadership experiences.
  • Professional Learning and Support: School Leadership Identification Framework, Strong Start Great Teachers program, school identified mentor, program mentor and peer networks established.
  • Contexts and experiences: Longer term initial placement to consolidate pedagogy in a high-performing school.

Phase 2 Middle leadership

  • Focus: Developing context specific leadership knowledge and skills and deepening curriculum and pedagogical expertise.
  • Professional Learning and Support: Rural and remote leadership program and facilitator, school identified and ongoing program mentor and peer networks.
  • Contexts and experiences: Opportunities to act in head teacher or assistant principal roles.

Phase 3 Senior leadership

  • Focus: Developing capacity to lead school improvement, innovation and change, understanding the strategic organisation of the school and creating collaborative, evidence-informed professional learning to improve teaching and learning.
  • Professional Learning and Support: Aspiring Principals Leadership Program and facilitator, school identified and ongoing program mentor and peer networks.
  • Contexts and experiences: Placement in different context with opportunities to act in principal, deputy principal or assistant principal roles.

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Application and Assessment

Applications must be submitted using the online application form. During the application period, an ‘Apply now’ button will be available on the teach.nsw webpage.

The online application will involve submitting responses to key questions and providing the contact details of two referees. Applicants will also be asked to prepare a digital story - a short video presentation that conveys both your motivation to teach and aspiration to lead in NSW public schools which is required to be submitted separate to the application via Google Drive.

Applications will be open until 11:59pm on Sunday, 30 May 2021. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

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A panel will assess the online application and digital story. Referees will be contacted as required. Applicants who progress past this stage will be invited to an interview/assessment. The panel will review all aspects of the application, digital story, referee checks and interview and then recommend candidates for inclusion in the program.

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Your application must include the following documents:

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The department will use a rigorous assessment process to assess the leadership capabilities and behaviours of applicants. Criteria used for selection will be transparent and consistently applied. Current and retired school leaders and principals will support the selection process.

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The selection process will be undertaken in line with the department's Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2018-2022.The department is committed to increasing the number of women, Aboriginal people and people with a disability in senior leadership roles.

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Program logistics

It is anticipated that some participants will be able to complete the program within 10 years. The program will be flexible and allow extra time at each stage based on individual need and personal circumstances. The program mentor will work with participants to ensure they are working at a pace that is suitable for them.

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The department understands that as part of the 10 year journey, life circumstances will change. The department will take into consideration personal circumstances and assess on an individual basis

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Participants who wish to exit the program can safely do so at any stage without any penalty.

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On successful completion of your studies, your final academic transcript is required for your full approval to teach. Offers of permanent employment with the department are conditional upon receiving a final academic transcript confirming completion of your studies prior to entry on duty.

Successful applicants must provide their final transcript and have full approval to teach before the FASTstream program commences in Term 1, 2022.

To ensure your final academic transcript is received by the department, complete the Authorisation for the Release of Academic Transcript form (PDF 74KB) and submit this to your university. Your university will then forward your transcript directly to the department.

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Participants will be offered permanent employment in NSW Public Education. Placements will take into account preferred location/Operational Directorate participants have selected as part of the application process.

Schools in a range of regional and metropolitan contexts across NSW will be identified to provide teaching and leadership opportunities to program participants throughout the program. Program participants will undertake structured placements as 'above establishment' teachers, which will offer rich teaching and leading experiences across a range of schools and settings, including a requirement to spend at least one placement (minimum 2 years) in a rural or regional school where teachers are in high-demand. Temporary leadership opportunities will also be identified, including in rural or regional settings, to build leadership experience and capabilities, in line with existing processes.

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As part of the application process participants will have the opportunity to select a preferred location/Operational Directorate, however, the availability of individual schools is subject to their participation in the program. Participating schools will be carefully selected by the department based on their ability to provide teaching and leadership opportunities to program participants. Please refer to the statewide map which contains a list of our Operational Directorates including school names and locations.

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The availability of individual schools is subject to their participation in the program. Participating schools will be carefully selected by the department based on their ability to provide rich teaching and leadership opportunities to program participants.

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An important part of this program is the opportunity to gain experience across a range of regional and metropolitan contexts in NSW, to build leadership experience and accelerate your pathway into leadership. Although we will take into consideration personal circumstances, it is expected that program participants are open to the opportunity to teach and lead in a range of schools and contexts.

Schools will be carefully selected by the department based on their ability to provide teaching and leadership opportunities to program participants. Upon appointment to a school, each successful applicant will be allocated a high-performing school leader as a mentor to support their leadership journey.

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The program acknowledges the need to give time to participants to develop and progress their learning and to engage in formal mentoring and development activities. All FASTstream program participants will be employed as permanent teachers and will be entitled to the release time relevant to your teaching position.

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In the first instance you should speak with your program mentor. If the matter is related to a conduct or interpersonal issue you may wish to consult the Department’s Code of Conduct, Complaint Management Procedure or Child Protection Policy.

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Program Support

All participants will be allocated a permanent teaching position in a NSW public school. Participants will have access to a range of professional development and leadership opportunities. Successful applicants will be provided with an opportunity for an accelerated leadership pathway by undertaking structured teaching and leadership rotations in a range of contexts, including regional placements. They will also receive intensive tailored, wrap-around support, focused on mentoring and leadership coaching.

Upon appointment to the program, each successful applicant will be allocated a high-performing school leader as a mentor to support their leadership journey. Other development opportunities will include intensive coaching and professional learning from our most capable principals, cohort group support and support to secure temporary opportunities to undertake school leadership roles, in line with existing processes. This will be complemented by access to the suite of evidence-informed leadership development resources and professional learning delivered through the School Leadership Institute.

Further support will be provided to help you through the journey of attaining principalship through the merit-based selection and recruitment process.

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The program’s placements and experiences will be tailored to meet the individual development needs of each participant. Participants will have access to a range of professional development and leadership opportunities.
Some of the key programs participants will take part in include:

  • School Leadership Identification Framework (SLIF): The SLIF is a resource which supports and guides the identification and development of teacher leaders.
  • Rural and Remote Leadership Program: This twelve month, action-orientated program enhances leadership development through delivery of rural and remote-centric learning opportunities.
  • Aspiring Principals’ Leadership Program: Enhances leadership capabilities to enable confidence and readiness to lead a NSW public school and build networks of leaders.

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HALT is not an explicit component of this program but you can discuss with your mentor how this can form part of your tailored development journey into leadership.

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During the program you will be given different support networks to help develop and guide you in your leadership journey. You will be given:

  • a school-based mentor appointed to you by the school principal who will provide school-based support, advice, leadership experiences and direction and will be a senior leader within the school
  • a program mentor to support you throughout the program. This mentor will work in partnership with school principals, mentors and the program facilitator to curate a program to suit each individual participant. The focus will be on suitable placements and experiences and recalibrating these program settings as necessary for the participant.

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Participants placed in rural and regional schools 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.

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The program mentor will work with participants to curate a program suitable to their needs. The program will be flexible and allow extra time at each phase based on individual need and personal circumstances. This may mean some participants need to spend longer at different phases to reach leadership goals.

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