Kasey thinks it is unacceptable that kids in the Anangu Lands don’t have continuity in their learning because of high staff turnover. Only 25% of teachers who work in the Anangu Lands stay for longer than 3 years, and each position only has between 3 and 5 applicants for the role. This small pool of applicants means that sometimes the kids miss out on learning with exceptional teachers. Kasey believes in a school that is staffed by exceptional teachers, and this year she made steps to make that a reality in her context.
Kasey set about to raise an awareness of the Anangu Lands with teachers, and registering teachers for short term contracts and relief so that they could experience the magic of working in remote South Australia and more exceptional teachers could teacher the kids in her community.
Kasey ran a test where she showed 15 people a teaser video of working and living on the Anangu Lands. The group she showed wanted more information and testimonials from teachers working in her community, and more tangible information about things like housing.
Using these insights, Kasey launched a website with additional information, videos and a registration form.
She plans on developing a database of teachers for principals to use to help them recruit short-term staff, and then will get in touch with other education organisations with reach who can help promote the website and the opportunity. Watch this space!
So far, 13% of the people who have watched the videos promoting life on the Lands have registered interest in moving to and working in the remote communities. Not bad, Kasey!!
The idea is that exceptional teachers will register their interest and apply for the short term roles in communities, and that their experiences will both inspire them to apply for longer contracts, and ensure they have an understanding of what they’re applying for before they win a permanent job.
Like the idea?
Kasey would love your support for Recruiting Good Teachers, or for you to start a similar program in your school, and she’d love to hear about any ideas you have or lend a hand where she can. Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get in touch with Kasey and we can connect you. Feel free to cheer her on in the comments below as well.
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