Remote Aboriginal Teacher Education (RATE) Pilot Program

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Teachers have the biggest in-school impact on positive student learning outcomes. Local Aboriginal teachers have an ongoing commitment to their communities, and are highly valued leaders because of their deep knowledge of local languages and context.

A new Remote Aboriginal Teacher Education (RATE) program is supporting aspiring teachers in Northern Territory communities to study teaching while living and working on Country.

A 2021 RATE pilot has commenced in Galiwin’ku, Yuendumu, Milingimbi and Angurugu with aspiring teachers from these sites commencing units from the Undergraduate Certificate Remote Educators course.

Fundamental components of the 2021 RATE pilot are being tailored to meet site specific needs, and include:

  • ongoing engagement with local communities,
  • negotiated site plans with schools and ongoing systemic support, and
  • aspiring teachers engaging in study pathways that are based on career aspirations and preferred ways of learning.

2021 RATE pilot sites have been determined based on each having the following attributes:

  • cohorts of aspiring teachers who are ready to enter tertiary education,
  • relevant community support in place, and
  • school support and structures in place.

Tailored course material for 2021 pilot participants is being delivered by Charles Darwin University and the Batchelor Institute including workshops in each 2021 pilot site.

Learnings from implementation of the 2021 RATE pilot, and continued consultation with stakeholders, will inform stage 2 of the pilot. This will contribute to the evidence-base for refining a long-term sustainable model that meets the needs of communities into the future.

For further information about the 2021 RATE pilot, please email or visit the department’s website.

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Alternative support for Aboriginal educators is also available through the following programs:

Assistant Teacher Project

What: To support enrolment and study in education-related VET qualifications

Who for: Aboriginal Assistant Teachers and classroom support staff in remote NT settings

Contact: assistant-teach.det@education.

Aboriginal Teacher Education Scholarship

What: To support study in teacher education courses (at Bachelor or Masters level)

Who for: Aspiring teachers in urban and remote NT settings


Last updated: 22 April 2021

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