Monday, 09 August 2021
Charles Darwin University
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NT Department of Education Deputy CEO Susan Bowden talked about the Teaching Schools Partnership at Casuarina campus.  Photo credit Julianne Osborne
NT Department of Education Deputy CEO Susan Bowden talked about the Teaching Schools Partnership at Casuarina campus. Photo credit Julianne Osborne

Teaching Schools Partnership celebrates milestone

A teaching partnership between Charles Darwin University (CDU) and the NT Department of Education (DoE) was recently celebrated with an event held on Casuarina campus.

The event marking the 15-year partnership was attended by academics, professional staff and teachers from CDU and DoE.

The partnership sees experienced teachers sharing their knowledge to provide a pathway for pre-service teachers.

Challenges for pre-service teachers include coping with distance and isolation and high staff turnover. The Teaching Schools Partnership is a response to these challenges, with initiatives to improve teacher quality and promote remote and regional areas as options for study to employment pathways.

Charles Darwin University Provost, Professor Mike Wilson, said the Teaching Schools Partnership is the cornerstone of Initial Teacher Education in the Northern Territory and represents the future of the profession.

“CDU’s education and academic staff participate in research, committees and expert advisory groups to lead the way,” Professor Wilson said.

“I commend all staff associated with making this partnership work: teachers and leaders in schools, staff and leaders in the NT Department of Education, and staff and leaders at CDU,” he said.

CDU College of Indigenous Futures, Education and the Arts, Associate Dean, Work Integrated Learning, Dr Claire Bartlett, said the Teaching Schools Partnership began in 2006 with 13 schools and has grown to 79 schools.

“Our partnership is built on years of commitment to the teaching profession leading to a guarantee of locally-trained teachers. Sharing knowledge, skills and experience to improve student achievement have led to our success,” Dr Bartlett said.

Northern Territory Department of Education Deputy CEO Susan Bowden said there has been enormous effort and strategy evident in the relationship between CDU and Teaching Schools, leading to greater communication, sharing of ideas and improved processes.

“The resilience of ours schools and the ability of schools and CDU to work together was highly demonstrated during COVID-19 restrictions, where professional experience placements continued and CDU was able to work with schools to ensure their individual needs at this time were met,” Ms Bowden said.