School/University Partnerships

The 2015/2016 Rural Teaching Academy is a partnership arrangement between CEP, LaTrobe University, Federation University and four rural school clusters (St. Arnaud, Korumburra, King Valley and the Mallee Track).rural teach academy main pic

It is designed to mutually benefit rural school clusters (including their students and broader community), teacher training universities, as well as pre-service teachers.

Click below to watch the promotional clip that has been specifically created for pre-service teachers considering their involvement:

Over the past five years, CEP has brokered a number of partnerships involving rural clusters and teacher training universities. This is an area of work which has been a priority for CEP and has been developed over time and in collaboration with a number of people, organisations and regions.

The partnerships have involved:   korumburra paddocks

  • in excess of 250 pre service teachers
  • 16 rural cluster across all DEECD regions and CEO diocese
  • 8 university teacher training courses


These partnerships between rural education clusters and universities aimed to:

  • enhance the learning already being provided within the cluster
  • enhance the learning of final year pre service teachers of rural education provision through a “real life” experience.
  • utilise the expertise and knowledge within cluster schools and universities to support pre service teachers learning and enhance the learning of students within the clusters.
  • provide professional development for rural clusters
  • provide the opportunity for research

The Rural Teaching Academy engages pre-service teachers in an mallee signauthentic and immersive experience that allows them a “real-life” opportunity to put theory into practice. It offers substantial benefits to  professional development, day-to-day practice, networking and communities for all the partners involved.

Built on the positive work already achieved through the Rural Educators Network and the Rural Centre of Excellence, the 2016/2017 Rural Teaching Academy will focus on:

  • building partnerships between rural alliances and teacher education universities,
  • supporting rural and remote new graduates,
  • providing on-going professional learning for rural and remote educators and leaders,
  • building upon the learnings from similar approaches in other states and countries.


A Rural New Graduate’s experiences

Click below to listen to Natalieh, a graduate of the Rural Teaching Academy, as she reflects on her experiences and some unexpected surprises:

More Information

The 2017 opportunities for pre-service teachers can be accessed by clicking here, on the Rural Teaching Academy Cluster Brochure.

More information on the Rural Teaching Academy can be gained by clicking on  Rural Teaching Academy 2015

If you are a Pre-Service Teacher wishing to register your involvement for 2017, please follow this link: 2017 Expression of Interest