FAQs

Get answers to your questions about the COVID intensive learning support program.

There are three classifications that may deliver small group tuition:

  • Teachers
  • Educational Paraprofessionals*
  • Educators (non-teacher)*

Educators (non-teacher) would include: Retired teachers without current NESA accreditation, Educators from the University sector and students enrolled in a Bachelor of Education or Master of Teaching without conditional teaching accreditation from NESA.

*Must work under the guidance and supervision of an accredited teacher.

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Teachers who have a current approval to teach with the NSW Department of Education should go to the teach.NSW website to apply.

Teachers who do not have a current approval to teach with the NSW Department of Education, but would like to gain this should go to the approval to teach application.

Educators (non-teacher) should apply through the I work for NSW website from Monday, 30 November 2020. More details are available on the teach.NSW website.

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Teachers with a current approval to teach with the NSW Department of Education can apply to be part of the talent pool immediately.

Teachers with current accreditation from NESA who do not have a current approval to teach, but would like to gain this, should start this process immediately.

The application for non-teachers will go live on the I work for NSW website on Monday, 30 November 2020.

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Each application will be different and will depend on volumes, time to get various clearances and complete checks, so the time it takes to respond may vary significantly.

Once we have received and assessed your application you will be informed of the outcome. This should occur by the start of Term 1, 2021.

Roles will commence during Term 1 with the first small group tutoring sessions commencing in February 2021.

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No. Having your application approved will allow for your name to be listed on the talent pool that is available to school principals to select the most suitable candidates to fill specific roles. We cannot guarantee there will be a suitable role available for you.

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Teachers and Educational Paraprofessionals will be paid in accordance with the rates contained in the Teachers Award.

Educators (non-teacher) and teachers who work out-of-hours will be paid according to the Educator (non-teacher) and Teacher classification and remuneration structure below.

The table below shows the Educator (Non-Teacher) classification structure with rates of pay commensurate with qualifications and experience. These classifications would apply to applicants who do not hold accreditation with NESA and approval to teach with the NSW Department of Education.

Educator (Non-Teacher) level

Rate of pay per hour

Applied to
T1  $52.67 Educators from the university sector – no teaching qualifications
T2  $56.18 Student enrolled in current Bachelor of Education or MTeach program without conditional teaching accreditation from NESA

T3

$59.09 Qualified/retired teacher without teaching accreditation from NESA

For the after-hours delivery model, the following teacher rates would apply:

Teacher  Rate of pay per hour
Band 1 $62.30
Band 2 $75.14

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We welcome applications from post-graduates working in the tertiary sector to become Educators (non-teacher) on the program. To be successful you will need to have an academic background in either education or a relevant specialisation linked to a school curriculum area such as mathematics or English.

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The work after hours will not contribute to your leave entitlements as a permanent or temporary teacher. The rates of pay for this work are casual rates and include a loading in lieu of leave entitlements.

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Yes. Depending on the school delivery model there may be capacity for teachers work to be allocated during school time to support this program and/or capacity to do this work after-hours. This will be an individual school choice.

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All final decisions on who will undertake small group tuition at a specific school will be made by the school principal.

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Yes. However, your work will be under the direction and supervision of an accredited teacher.

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To apply for approval to teach firstly go to our website and submit your application as a Qualified Teacher.

From 1 December:

In Part one of the Declaration answer ‘Yes’ to the question:

“I am submitting this application for approval to teach so that I can be approved for and considered for engagement as an educator for the Intensive Learning Support Program in NSW public schools”.

Once your application is submitted it will be assessed as quickly as possible. In the mean time you can still submit your application for approval to teach prior to 1 December.

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Schools will have access to ClassCover which is the department’s preferred way of allowing principals to see who is willing and available to provide small group tuition services in their school. Once you have been notified that your application has been successful, you will be required to create a profile on ClassCover.

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ClassCover is a third party service that allows schools to see who is available for casual teaching and small group tuition work in their school. Schools can search the database and communicate with educators on opportunities available in their school.

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Please go to the ClassCover website and follow the instructions to set up a profile. If you have any difficulties you can contact their customer support at: support@classcover.com.au.

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It is not compulsory however, the creation of a profile will enable schools to see your availability and contact you with opportunities under this program.

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Yes. If your application for accreditation is likely to take some time, you can apply as an Educator (non-teacher) in the first instance and then apply for approval to teach and move to employment as a teacher later.

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In order to be a teacher in NSW you must have accreditation with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). If you wish to work on this program in the capacity of a teacher then you should go to the NESA website and assess your eligibility to gain accreditation. If you would prefer to work as an Educator non-teacher, then please apply through that pathway.

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There are some circumstances where teachers on leave may be able to take part in this program. For example, teachers on leave without pay or maternity leave are able to engage in temporary and casual employment. Teachers on other types of leave, such as long service leave or leave due to an illness or injury who are not declared fit for work, are not eligible to take part in the program.

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This will depend on the pathway you need to take and you should check the relevant application process.

All applications will require a current Working with Children Check clearance number which can be obtained from the Office of the Children's Guardian if you do not already have one.

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Working with Children Check (WWCC) clearance is provided by the Office of the Children’s Guardian. To make an application visit their website.

Please note you will have to appear in person at a ServiceNSW centre to complete the identification check. There is also a charge for obtaining a WWCC clearance.

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If you are a teacher and have separated from the department within the last twelve months you can apply for casual approval after separation using the Casual approval after separation request form.

If you separated more than 12 months ago or were not actively working in the classroom prior to separation, you will need to reapply for approval. You can also apply to be an Educator

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Recruitment for non-government schools will be managed by each sector. If you have provided consent your details may be shared. There will be separate processes for gaining employment in non-government schools.

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