Fast track for top teachers to become principals

New program halves the time for State's best teachers to take on a leading role.

16 February 2021
A teacher in a science class with young male students.
Image: Fast tracking success: A new program will halve the time for excellent teachers to gain leadership roles.

For the first time the State’s best teachers will have an opportunity to fast track their careers and become principals in half the time.

Each year 30 excelling teachers and 20 teaching graduates can apply to participate in a new NSW government program to turbo-charge their careers to the level of principal within 10 years.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the rigorous program would require participants to learn from leading teachers at selected schools, participate in a regional placement and excel in a leadership position.

“The Fast Stream program will raise education standards across the State by training our best teachers in our best schools and then requiring them to continue teaching in areas of higher need,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“The program will be a competitive and selective employment pathway in Australia. Participating teachers will have to achieve a number of milestones and demonstrate their leadership ability to be successful.

“Setting a clear pathway to success for people who might otherwise choose a different career sends a strong message - excellent teaching is essential, valued and rewarded in NSW.”

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said bringing the best teachers to regional NSW would benefit the students and the community.

“Once these teachers get a taste of rural living, the hope is that they will stay regional and take up the better quality of life we have on offer,” Mr Barilaro said.

“This is about building a safer and stronger regional NSW by giving our kids the best education possible while creating valuable teaching jobs in the bush.”

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the Fast Stream program was unapologetically selective, competitive and incredibly rewarding in the long term.

“To enter the Fast Stream you have to be the best, and you must remain the best,” Ms Mitchell said.

“We want the future leaders – the ones that will transform the education system of tomorrow through academic excellence, outstanding ability in front of a class, and ambition.

“Ensuring our best graduates and teachers spend time in regional NSW will help lift our regional schools. In line with our Rural and Remote Education Strategy, this policy is focused on securing a safer and stronger regional NSW through improved student outcomes in the regions.

“For those who are successful, they will be fast-tracked into a principal role - which can take 20 years – in under 10.”

The Fast Stream program is a component of the School Success Model and will start in Term 1, 2022. Teachers and graduate students will complete a rigorous selection process. Teachers will participate in the program for up to 10 years before being offered the opportunity of a principal position.

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