Case Study: South Australian Department for Education and Child Development - Teach SA Program


The Department designed and implemented an innovative program to improve the quality of maths, science and technology teaching in the State school sector in response to the State strategic policy priority in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This was in response to Australian schools declining performance in maths and science at the same time as the importance of these skills is growing within the wider economy. Incept Labs designed and undertook an evaluation of this program. This included evaluation of an assessment centre process for the recruitment of science and maths professionals from industry, the impact of a bespoke accelerated post graduate teacher development program to support these professionals to retrain to teach in their discipline area. The evaluation further considered the impact of school climate and support on the integration of up-skilled existing and the newly recruited staff into urban and rural schools and the effectiveness of program elements designed to ensure the re-skilled and recruited teachers were retained.

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