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Get answers to your questions about what it's like to work as a Great Teaching, Inspired Learning Intern, the application process and the selection process.

If I am successful in obtaining a GTIL Internship, when will I start work in a school?
What schools do GTIL Interns work at?
What are the conditions and hours of work for GTIL Interns?
What type of work do GTIL Interns do?
How much do GTIL Interns get paid?
Who is eligible to apply?
How do I know if the teacher education program I am studying will lead to a qualification that will allow me to teach in NSW public schools?
How do I apply?
When should I apply?
Will late applications be accepted?
What supporting documents will I need to provide as part of my application?
How do I upload certified copies of my supporting documentation?
How can I be sure my application has been submitted?
Can I apply for a scholarship as well as an internship?
What does the selection process involve?
Will successful and unsuccessful applicants be notified of the outcome?
How many GTIL Internships are available?
If my application has been unsuccessful, can I be provided with information as to why?
If I accept an offer of an internship, what will my commitment be to the department?
When are GTIL Interns appointed to their permanent position?
Do GTIL Interns who are appointed to rural or remote areas receive the same benefits and/or incentives that are available to the other teachers in that location?
Where can I find out more?



If I am successful in obtaining a GTIL Internship, when will I start work in a school?

GTIL Interns will commence part-time work at the school they have been appointed to in Term 2 of their final year of study.

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What schools do GTIL Interns work at?

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

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What are the conditions and hours of work for GTIL Interns?

GTIL Interns are employed under the Teaching Services Act 1980 as Educational Paraprofessionals. This means that GTIL Interns 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. GTIL Interns also have access to sick leave, accrued pro rata.

As Educational Paraprofessionals, GTIL Interns are required to attend their appointed school for the equivalent of up to 2.5 school days per week while completing their studies. Interns 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 GTIL internship days with your school supervisor.

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What type of work do GTIL Interns do?

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

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

Interns 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.

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How much do GTIL Interns get paid?

The annual salary of a full time Educational Professional undertaking teacher education studies is $62,228 (as at 1 January 2017). GTIL Interns are paid as Educational Professionals pro rata, commensurate with their part-time status.

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Who is eligible to apply?

Students entering their final year of teacher education studies in 2018 who meet the eligibility requirements can apply for a GTIL Internship.

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How do I know if the teacher education program I am studying will lead to a qualification that will allow me to teach in NSW public schools?

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/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.

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How do I apply?

Applications must be submitted using the online application form. During the application period an "Apply now" button will be available on the GTIL Internship webpage. Outside the application period, you will be able to sign up to an alert to receive an email notification when applications open.

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When should I apply?

We encourage applicants to commence and submit their applications as early as possible during the application period.

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Will late applications be accepted?

No. The online application form will only be available up until 11.59 pm on the closing date. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

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What supporting documents will I need to provide as part of my application?

You will be required to complete and submit the forms listed below as part of your application for the GTIL Internship. To submit the forms, log into your application through jobs.nsw and upload the forms in line with the instructions provided prior to the closing date.

You will also need to upload proof of identity (PDF 45 KB).

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How do I upload certified copies of my supporting documentation?
  1. Photocopy the original document.
  2. Show the original document and the photocopy to a certifier*. The certifier will compare the original document with the photocopied document. The certifier will stamp or write "I certify that this is a true copy of the original document" on the photocopied version. They will sign and date the statement, and add their occupation.
  3. Scan the certified document (not the original document).
  4. Upload the document when you complete the online application form.

* A certifier is a Justice of the Peace (JP), solicitor or Department of Education employee. To find a JP, visit the australia.gov.au website and select your state.

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How can I be sure my application has been submitted?

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 during the application process. Please keep a copy of that email for your records. If you did not receive a confirmation email, please email the Scholarships Team at scholarships@det.nsw.edu.au

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Can I apply for a scholarship as well as an internship?

Yes, if you meet the eligibility criteria for the Teacher Education Scholarship.

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What does the selection process involve?

A selection panel will consider all applications shortly after the closing date.

GTIL Internships are offered to the successful applicants in December for continuation of their university studies in Semester 1 of the following year.

GTIL Internship offers are dependent on the applicant:

  1. being enrolled in their final year of teacher education studies in 2018 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 or special education (K - 12) teacher
  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 Deed of Agreement (PDF 116 KB), a legally binding agreement that outlines the responsibilities of both the internship applicant and the 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. (for applicants who have not completed the full four years of required higher education in a country where English is the main language) successfully completing an assessment of your English language proficiency – this is a requirement to gain an approval to teach in NSW public schools.

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Will successful and unsuccessful applicants be notified of the outcome?

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

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How many GTIL Internships are available?

Up to 30 GTIL Internships are available to students entering their final year of teacher education studies in 2018, training to become secondary or special education teachers.

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If my application has been unsuccessful, can I be provided with information as to why?

If you would like feedback on your application, contact the Scholarships Team via scholarships@det.nsw.edu.au

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If I accept an offer of an internship, what will my commitment be to the department?

Successful applicants are required to sign a Deed of Agreement (PDF 116 KB)with the department committing them to:

  • accepting appointment as an educational paraprofessional (on a part-time basis) to a NSW public school while they complete their final year of teacher education studies.
  • 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 or special education (K-12) teacher.
  • accepting an appointment as a permanent full time teacher to 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 period of three years.

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When are GTIL Interns appointed to their permanent position?

On successful completion of their teacher education studies, GTIL Interns are appointed to a full time permanent teaching position in a NSW public school in an agreed location. An Intern may initially be appointed to a NSW public school temporarily as 'above establishment' until a suitable substantive vacancy arises.

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Do GTIL Interns who are appointed to rural or remote areas receive the same benefits and/or incentives that are available to the other teachers in that location?

Yes. On completion of their teacher education studies and appointment to a permanent position, GTIL Interns may be eligible for a wide range of incentives and benefits. 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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Where can I find out more?

If you can't find answers to your questions in the above FAQs, contact our Scholarships Team via scholarships@det.nsw.edu.au or phone on 1300 301 435.

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