On Wednesday, the Andrews Labor Government announced funding to establish a brand-new multi-site and multi-region academy of teaching and leadership excellence.
The Country Education Partnership (CEP) would like to congratulate the Andrews Labor Government on its plans to expand professional development opportunities into the state’s regions. CEP has been encouraging a decentralised professional development approach for several years and has previously partnered with Bastow Leadership Institute to develop specific rurally-based leadership programs.
Phil Brown, CEP’s Executive Officer, is encouraged by this recent announcement.
“It is pleasing to see the state government has resourced an infrastructure that will further develop these opportunities for our rural communities.”
“It’s equally as exciting to see this initiative broaden professional development opportunities to include all educators,” he said.
The Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership aims to build on the existing Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership with a new focus on professional learning for Victoria’s highly skilled teachers as well as education leaders.
The Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership will be based in a purpose-designed CBD site. Additionally the teaching and leadership academy will extend across seven regional facilities: Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Mildura, Moe and Shepparton.
The CBD location is expected to be open early next year and the Geelong site by mid-2022 – with the rest of the locations operating by the end of 2022.
The Academy’s flagship offering will be the Teaching Excellence Program, a one-year intensive program for up to 500 teachers per year across all sectors. Other programs will focus on developing a pipeline of emerging leaders and aspiring principals.