Catholic Education Wilcannia-Forbes has embarked on an innovative journey to provide innovative high-quality teacher education right here in Wilcannia-Forbes.
CEWF Teaching Schools Hub
With the formation of the CEWF Teaching Schools Hub, Wilcannia-Forbes locals who seek a vocation in Catholic education will be able to commence their careers as Catholic teachers – working in CEWF schools while they study for a teaching degree – from day one of their course.
Each student will be placed as a cadet teacher in a CEWF Teaching School and will be paid as a teacher assistant (1 day per week). Course fees will be subsidised by 50% as they undertake a blend of online and face-to-face intensive learning each week.
The Teaching Schools Model
A Uniquely Better Approach to a Catholic Teacher Degree
The Teaching Schools model is an exciting concept that flips the conventional model of teacher training, by bringing fully accredited higher education onsite to our very own Wilcannia-Forbes Catholic schools.
In an innovative and dynamic approach, Catholic Education Wilcannia-Forbes will partner with Alphacrucis College to deliver a Commonwealth accredited Bachelor of Education.
The Teaching Schools model offers part-time, paid cadet teacher positions each year, with each student supported by a school-based mentor, the CEWF Teaching Schools Manager, the Teaching Schools Regional Director and Alphacrucis College lecturers.
The Teaching schools model provides on the job practical teacher training and one-on-one academic and personal support. Essentially we are educating teachers in a tertiary setting that is Christ-centred and student focused, here in our own Diocese. The CEWF Teaching Schools Hub will produce teachers who have had up to four years of in-classroom teaching experience and formation.
School based training
You will be in the classroom, employed as a teacher assistant, from the commencement of your four year Bachelor degree. You will have the opportunity to participate in school and system based professional learning and spiritual formation.
On top of a paid part-time teacher assistant position (0.2FTE) in your school for the duration of your course you will be reimbursed for 50% of all successfully completed units and be offered on-going employment at the completion of your degree.
A Community of Support
You will be supported on your journey by the staff of the Teaching School Hub, lecturers from Alphacrucis College along with school-based and CEWF staff, who are dedicated to your spiritual growth, wellbeing and on-going development as a teacher. Throughout your journey you will have an opportunity to spend time at a number of other schools in the Diocese to broaden your experience.
A Teaching position at the end of your Training program
We are invested in your development and want you to stay with us at the end of your training program. We will endeavour to secure you a teaching position at your school or within Catholic Education Wilcannia-Forbes. After you complete your training we will continue to support your development through our fantastic graduate teacher accreditation program.
Teaching Schools Regional Director
The Regional Director will support you with anything related to your Bachelor of Education program. They
represent Alphacrucis College.
CEWF Teaching Schools Manager
The CEWF Teaching Schools Manager will liaise and work with Alphacrucis College and the Teaching Schools and provide ongoing support from a CEWF perspective.
Mentor Teachers are experienced teachers who will personally support and guide you each day in all aspects of your development as a teacher.
The Application Process
Your decision to embark on this journey is an important one, and we consider the selection of Trainee Teachers to be a two-way process. It is just as important that you embrace the Teaching Schools vision, as it is for us to hear why you are applying for this opportunity.
Step 1 – Expression of Interest
Register your interest in the Teaching Schools via our short survey
Step 2 – Apply
To apply, please fill in our CEWF Teaching Schools Hub Application form
Step 3 – Interview
Scholarship interviews will be conducted.
Step 4 – Offers
Should you be successful you will be offered a position in one of our Diocesan schools.
Step 5 – Meet your Mentor Teacher
You will have an opportunity to visit your school and meet your Mentor Teacher prior to your commencement.