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Nominations open for new Teaching Awards

Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards to reward great teachers with $45,000 Fellowships


Outstanding teaching and school leadership – the kind that changes the future for students, especially those in need – will be recognised and rewarded by a new national Teaching Awards and Fellowship program.

The Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards, established in partnership with education charity Schools Plus, aim to influence the future of Australian education by rewarding inspiring teachers and principals and showcasing examples of leading practice.

Applications for the new Teaching Awards are open until Wednesday, November 30. Twelve outstanding teachers and principals will become the inaugural Teaching Fellows when the Awards are presented in March 2017.

Each Fellowship is valued at $45,000, which includes $10,000 for professional development plus participation in a year-long program, including a group visit to Singapore to observe its education system valued at $5,000. Each Fellow’s school also receives $30,000 to put towards a significant project that will improve its students’ performance and wellbeing.

Schools Plus CEO, Rosemary Conn, said the Fellowships would create an inspiring community of educators who were transforming the future for students, particularly those in disadvantaged communities. This community would build over time as new Fellows were announced each year.

The Fellowships offered unique opportunities to engage with leading education experts and to build networks and skills through a series of masterclasses as well as the Singapore group visit, she said.

“Through our program, these inaugural Fellows will share, inspire and influence practice in classrooms across the country,” Ms Conn said.

“The impact teachers have on students’ lives at school and beyond is enormous. These Awards show our appreciation for the work they do and shine a light on the exceptional teaching that makes the greatest difference to students and the community.”

In the 2017 Awards, the majority of the Fellows selected will be teachers or school leaders working in schools in disadvantaged communities.

To learn more or nominate for a Teaching Award, visit www.teachingawards.com.au.

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