Program aims to attract the best new teachers

Applications are open for a program of cadetships, internships and rural scholarships for student teachers, announced as part of the NSW government's Great Teaching, Inspired Learningreforms.

Applications are open for:

20 Teach.Rural scholarships
The scholarships are worth $6,000 for every year of full-time study, plus $5,000 after graduation, for talented students with a commitment to teach at rural and remote schools.

10 internship placements
The internships are for high-achieving final-year teacher education students to be employed as paraprofessionals in schools prior to graduation.

10 cadetship placements
The cadetships are for high-achieving school leavers to be employed as part-time paraprofessionals in classrooms from the start of their teacher training.

The Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli said the new programs are designed to attract and retain the best and brightest new teachers.

"Teaching is the single-most important in-school influence on student performance. The new incentives for beginning teachers are designed to attract the best people into teaching degrees, and also support them once they enter the classroom," Mr Piccoli said.

Applications for all three programs close on Friday 15 November 2013. Find out more information on the new cadetships, internships and rural scholarships.

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