STEM Scholarships opening soon

17 July 2019

STEM Scholarships for Science and Mathematics

Are you passionate about STEM education? Or do you know a teacher who is? Great news - 2020 STEM Scholarships for Science and Mathematics are opening soon.

As part of the Government’s commitment to STEM education, permanently approved NSW public school teachers can enhance their career by retraining in either mathematics or science. Eligible permanent, temporary and casual teachers will receive financial assistance during their studies and a guaranteed permanent position in a NSW public school on successful completion.

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School Counsellor Sponsorships now open

03 July 2019


As a school teacher, Steve was able to see firsthand the great impact that school counsellors made in students’ lives. The role appealed to him as interesting, unique and something that would enable him to combine his passion for student welfare with his love of working in a school environment. So, when he saw the department offered opportunities for current teachers to retrain in this field he knew he had to apply!

Steve was successful in his application for a School Counsellor Sponsorship and is now pursuing his dream of being a school counsellor in a NSW public school. Hear his story about how the department has supported him throughout his training and how you too can apply for the 2020 intake of the School Counsellor Sponsorship program.

Teach and make Coonamble your home

26 June 2019


Nestled on the Castlereagh River in north–west NSW, Coonamble could very quickly become your new home away from home – just like it did for Jess.

Boasting a mix of excellent services and facilities in an idyllic bush setting, Coonamble really does have it all. Immerse yourself in the local culture, get involved in one of the many local sports teams, or enjoy the emerging food lover’s culture in the town. All whilst working at one of the fantastic NSW public schools within the region. You could be rewarded with a rental subsidy of up to 90% and a Rural Teacher Incentive of up to $25,000.

Find out more about the Coonamble area and what benefits and incentives are on offer in rural and remote NSW.

Claudia's rural experience

19 June 2019


Claudia Rawat from Model Farms High School is experiencing a short-term change in lifestyle at Balranald Central School in the State’s south west with the Rural Experience Program.

‘When I came here on my first drive I saw emus and kangaroos, and I thought wow that’s amazing, look at that!’

The locals are more offhand about the local wildlife but for Claudia, it’s one of the fascinating things about her tree change.

I’m a city person, so I still go ‘Wow!!’ she laughs.

Principal of Balranald Central School, Gus Comi, believes the school benefits greatly from Claudia’s input into the school.

‘Having Claudia here as part of the Rural Experience Program has been wonderful for the school. She has added another dimension to the school in the learning support area.’

Placements commencing Term 1 2020 are open now and close Sunday 28 July. Check-out what’s on offer for 2020 by visiting the Rural Experience Program web page.

For more information and to see the placements available go to the Rural Experience Program webpage.

Opportunities in Dubbo

12 June 2019


In the heart of the Great Western Plains region, Dubbo offers a quality lifestyle, affordable housing and excellent career opportunities. The thriving regional city provides the best of both worlds – the amenities and convenience of city living with the relaxed lifestyle that country living offers.

An exciting Executive Principal opportunity awaits at Dubbo College - a three-campus collegiate, serving approximately 1850 students. Working across the three campuses, the Executive Principal will work with well-resourced facilities, an outstanding teaching team, a diverse range of students and a supportive community.

Watch the video above to see what Dubbo has to offer – it might just surprise you!

Executive Principal position

Other opportunities in Dubbo include:

Teacher Dubbo College Delroy Campus Years 7 - 10 (Full Time).
Approval to teach as a generalist teacher and/or willingness to teach as a generalist teacher (years 7 - 10). 17/06/2019 - 20/12/2019.
Email Shane Groen or phone 02 6882 7955. Map

Teacher Dubbo College Delroy Campus Years 7 - 10 (Full Time).
Approval and/or willingness to teach students with mild to moderate intellectual disability (years 7 - 10). 17/06/2019 - 20/12/2019.
Email Shane Groen or phone 02 6882 7955. Map

Experience the lifestyle!

05 June 2019

Rural Experience Program

Shay O’Day from Thirroul Public School, a suburban coastal school near Wollongong, took an opportunity through the Rural Experience Program to teach in one of 155 host schools located in rural and remote NSW.

‘I floated the idea with my family (my husband and two girls, 8 and 10) and we decided that it would be a great opportunity for the whole family to take a gap year from our regular lives in order to experience rural lives.’

Shay and her young family have settled in Narrendera, a beautiful town on the Murrumbidgeein the Riverina area of NSW, until the end of this year.

‘The staff at the school have made sure I feel settled and welcome, they’re great! I have been for meals with them and even joined their social volley-ball team. The kids have made some lovely new friends and are still connecting with their friends at home.

‘We are fortunate enough to be on a bit of land just out of town in a beautiful house with a horse and 8 sheep, so we are getting a true (or at least pretend) feel for farm life. I can definitely see the attraction a tree-change can bring.’

Rural Experience Program placements, commencing Term 1 2020, are now open. Applications close Sunday 28 July.

‘Don’t hesitate! It is a fantastic opportunity to experience an entirely different school and life setting. I’m struggling to see why you wouldn’t apply!’

Visit the Rural Experience Program webpage and for more information or email:

Michael’s regional teaching journey

29 May 2019

Last week we heard from Michael, our teach.NSW Senior Education Officer, about how he started his regional teaching journey. This week, Michael talks about how technology aids his teaching practice.

When I started my teaching journey in regional NSW, I was worried that I wouldn’t have access to the same teaching tools and technologies that I had access to in metropolitan Sydney. I knew that students in country NSW also needed to be prepared for tomorrow’s world. I embedded digitally rich resources and technologies into our classroom curriculum so they could excel and flourish in the economies of the future.

Consequently, I took advantage of the free access to Google’s G Suite for Education provided by the NSW Department of Education, just one example of the easy, practical digital solutions that can aid your time working in regional NSW.

With its user friendly interface, G Suite quickly became a hub of how I organised my classroom activities. It was easy to set up and manage my classroom through the staff portal. I could customise my classroom to meet the learning needs of my students and add them using their emails.

With the ability to work seamlessly across devices, G Suite allowed my students to collaborate and work on activities in the classroom and continue working on assigned activities at home. This meant that despite the geographical distance we were from Sydney, learning continued to be as equitable as possible.

With access to the suite of digital tools and resources available to teachers throughout NSW public schools, teaching in rural and remote locations has never been easier.

Michael’s regional NSW teaching story

22 May 2019

Michael Lambe is a new Senior Education Officer representing teach.NSW in 2019. Here we find out how Michael, born and raised in the city, came to start his teaching career in the regional centre of Griffith.

It was in the final week of my final practical placement that the reality of needing to find work began to loom large.

To be honest, although I always knew, as many of us do, that I wanted to be a teacher, I didn’t have a clear path mapped out for my career… I was so full of enthusiasm and optimism, but with no real steps in place to achieve my goals.

So there I was, ready to change the world with no real clue how I was going to do it, when a text message notification appeared on my phone. It was from the Head Teacher of English at Griffith High School, where I had completed a regional prac several months earlier, offering me work for the remainder of the year. Overwhelmed, I didn’t know how to react, on one hand I was excited and grateful for the opportunity, on the other, anxious and apprehensive.

I worried about all the obvious things - leaving my friends behind, not knowing anyone … What if it all turns out to be a huge mistake and a zombie apocalypse happens while I’m out there?

Naturally, I raised these concerns with my family and friends, but in the end I decided to jump in and just do it.

I finished my practical placement on Thursday, packed the car, did the drive and was teaching in Griffith the following Monday. That was over four years ago.

It turned out that the experiences I was given at Griffith High School established my teaching practice and gave me opportunities I would be waiting years for in a metropolitan school. If not for this experience, I would never have been given the opportunity to be in my current role at this stage of my career.

During my time in regional NSW, I was fortunate enough to learn from and be mentored by an amazing group of teachers with years of experience and curriculum knowledge. Teachers who I now proudly call friends for life and people I still keep in regular contact with. I was given the privilege to become a Year Advisor and support a wonderful year group and their families. I was given the opportunity to be a relieving Head Teacher and most importantly I was able to have an impact.

Moving to Griffith was one of the hardest decisions I had to make, but leaving Griffith was even harder. However, one of the great things about working for such a large education system is that great new opportunities present themselves.

In my current role as a Senior Education Officer with teach.NSW, I get to travel across NSW promoting the values of NSW public education and why there is no other job in the world that is as amazing as being a teacher.

I don’t know where the next stop on my journey will be but I am excited to see what the rest of my adventure is going to look like. My name is Michael Lambe and I am a teacher. I make a difference in NSW public education.

Enjoy the best of both worlds

15 May 2019

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The Wagga Wagga area, on the Murrumbidgee River, is the hub of the Riverina region. Here you can enjoy the best of both worlds with a relaxed lifestyle and access to excellent amenities, vibrant culture and fantastic schools.

Boree Creek Public School is right on your doorstep and offers a real family feel within the school, whilst providing you with excellent incentives and benefits such as a 50% rental subsidy.

Find out more about the Wagga Wagga area and what incentives and benefits are on offer in rural and remote NSW.

Scholarship email alert!

15 May 2019

Do you know any HSC students, family members or friends interested in teaching as a career? The NSW Department of Education offers a range of scholarship programs for pre-service teacher education students, each with the guarantee of a permanent teaching position.

Encourage them to sign up for an email alert today and get notified when applications open.

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Join something special

01 May 2019

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NSW public schools in rural and remote locations are as unique and diverse as the communities they serve and the students they educate.

Hear principals speak first-hand about the opportunities that teaching in a rural or remote school can offer. Develop your teaching skills, enhance your leadership capabilities, and enjoy a range of financial incentives and professional benefits.

Choose rural and join something special when you apply for a position in a remote or rural location.

Teach agriculture at Narrabri High School

17 April 2019

Are you ready to make the move to the north west and call Narrabri your new home? Narrabri is an agricultural centre rich both in cotton and wheat. Agriculture studies run from Years 7 to 12 and the school also runs a very successful primary industry program.

The school builds on existing relationships with local industry and business, giving students enhanced access to vocational education offerings. You can be a part of the exciting opportunities at Narrabri High School, plus you may be eligible for a one-off $10,000 appointment bonus.


I moved here in 1987, and I still call it home.'

Dinos Charalambous – School Principal – Narrabri High School

Successful applicants should have approval and/or willingness to teach agriculture
years 7 – 12 as well as an approval to teach or preparedness to undertake VET teacher training in VPG – Primary Industries General Agriculture.

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Teach and make Brewarrina your home

10 April 2019

Set on the Barwon-Darling River in northern NSW, the Brewarrina area boasts a laid back lifestyle and friendly community. Brewarrina Central School is the heart of the community offering excellent career opportunities for teachers as well as a 90% rental subsidy for both permanent and temporary positions.

See how far teach.Rural can take you – view the 33 destination profiles, including Brewarrina, and find out about the benefits and incentives that await you.

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