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For the Whole of Their Life.

OUR PROGRAM

Become from day one

The St Philip's Teaching School provides a Christ-focused, innovative, dynamic and practical teacher training program where trainees are placed in a classroom from the first day of their degree. With the care and supervision of a dedicated Mentor Teacher, trainees experience first-hand the rhythm of a school year within a supportive school community. The Clinical Teaching Model provides practical teacher training that inducts a trainee into the art and craft of teaching in a Christ-centred environment.

Through its partnership with tertiary provider, Alphacrucis College University, the Teaching School offers a range of accredited courses, including the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary) and Master of Teaching (Primary or Secondary) based on a biblical worldview.

SCHOOL BASED TRAINING

Trainee Teachers are employed by schools and supported by a Mentor Teacher and Christian school community from the commencement of their degree. In the early stages of the program, the trainee shadows the Mentor Teacher, observing and reflecting on classroom practice. As they progress and grow in confidence, the trainee may take on extra responsibility, such as working with small groups and team teaching.

One of the unique features of the Training School is the opportunity to dovetail theory with practice. Trainees are encouraged to identify opportunities to observe and engage in classroom activities to enhance their experience as emerging teachers. They share their observations, reflections, set targets and plan classroom experiences in weekly meetings with the Mentor Teachers. Whilst it is expected that the trainee will initiate these discussions, the mentor is encouraged to suggest ideas and provide the trainee with feedback.

Trainees Teachers are valued members of the school community and should be included in professional learning experiences, staff meetings, chapel, devotions and social events. It is essential that they engage in every facet of school life to experience the role of a teacher fully.

The school-based experience provides Trainee Teachers with:

  • A Christ-centered approach to teacher training within a Christian community
  • Dedicated Christian Mentor Teachers to guide and support teacher development
  • Immediate immersion in the school environment, employed one to two days a week for the duration of their training
  • 350 days experience in a supportive professional learning community
  • Immediate application of the theory and research in the classroom
  • Weekly goal setting, reflection and review sessions with the Mentor Teacher
  • Regular pastoral care meetings with the Teaching School staff

School Placements

A key distinctive of the St Philip's Teaching School is that a unique pathway of experience is planned for each trainee. This is done in consultation with the Teaching School Principal, school principals, and Trainee teachers to determine placements for the following year. Prayerful consideration is given to the trainee's needs based on professional and personal needs.

Engaging with other schools is an integral part of the development of the trainee. They will spend time at several different schools throughout their journey as a trainee. This will include the St Philip's Christian Colleges, affiliated schools, and time at schools outside the Teaching School network. Our aim is that trainees will also engage in service and mission programs at the schools.

High quality and supportive experiences for the trainees are provided through:

  • Targeted school placements in exemplar Christian schools
  • Allocation of a dedicated Mentor Teacher to guide and support teacher development
  • Practical hands-on experience in the classroom and broader school community
  • Weekly goal setting, reflection and review sessions with the Mentor Teacher
  • Regular support meetings with the school Teaching School Coordinator
  • A supportive and nurturing faith-based school community

THE TEACHING SCHOOL COMMUNITY

The St Philip's Teaching School provides a Christ-centred learning community where trainees are well supported and challenged on their learning journey. It takes a village to raise a teacher and peers, mentors the Teaching School staff, lecturers from Alphacrucis University College and the school communities are committed to the spiritual formation, wellbeing and development of training teachers. This unique learning environment, where trainees feel known and valued, is a key distinctive of the Teacher Training program.

Weekly Insight sessions, held on Thursday from 12:30 to 3:30pm, are key distinctive of the Teaching School program and build a community. Interactive workshops focusing on faith formation pedagogy, educational theories, wellbeing and pedagogy are run by exemplar educators from both within the St Philip’s Christian Colleges, and other organisations. Topics are determined on the basis of current issues, trainee interest, degree course content and identified areas of need.

The Teaching School community provides Trainee Teachers:

  • A Christ-centered approach to teacher training and faith formation
  • Monitoring and support within a supportive Christian community committed to the training of Christian teachers
  • Small cohorts provide a community of support, individual care and personalised pathways
  • A holistic approach to teacher development, providing professional, spiritual & emotional mentoring
  • A breadth of school-based experience as they are placed in several schools throughout their training
  • Weekly interactive workshops where key areas such as pedagogy, theories of education, wellbeing and faith formation are presented by exemplar educators from both within the St Philip's Christian Colleges, and other organisations

PARTNERING WITH A CHRISTIAN TERTIARY PROVIDER

  • The St Philip's Teaching School works in partnership with Alphacrucis University College, which delivers a Christ-centred approach to the training of teachers through the Bachelor of Education and Master of Teaching.
  • The full-time study pathway is undertaken in conjunction with one day employment in the schools in the first year of training and two in subsequent years.
  • Trainees study common subjects in their first year and are placed in K-6 classes in their first year to establish effective pedagogy before building subject knowledge.
  • As part of the Bachelor of Education and Master of Teaching coursework, trainees must undertake three Professional Learning placements throughout the degree. They are required to complete their practicums in State, Christian and other Independent Schools

Academic Entry Requirement

  • Completion of the NSW Higher School Certificate with an ATAR of no less than 65, or the completion of the interstate or overseas equivalent qualification and result. This must include a minimum of three Band 5 HSC results, including one in English; or equivalent;
  • Completion of at least a full year of discipline studies in another higher education award.

For full academic requirements see the AC Website

STUDY PATHWAY

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THE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The St Philip's Teaching schools offer scholarships to a select number of successful applicants each year. Successful applicants will receive:

  • Part-time employment in an exemplar Christian School
  • Subsidised course fees
  • A laptop to assist with tertiary studies and school-based activities
  • Offer of work at the completion of the degree

OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT

The St Philip's Teaching School and affiliated schools are invested in the development of trainees. The Teaching School wants you to stay and teach with them at the end of your training program. We are committed to ensuring that suitable candidates are offered teaching positions within the Teaching School network of schools and encourage trainees to seek God about their calling to schools. At the completion of their training, the Teaching School will continue to offer Graduate Teacher support.