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Fast-tracked career progression to principal for NSW’s top teachers

“The Fast Stream program will raise education standards across the state by training our best teachers in our best schools and then requiring them to continue teaching in areas of higher need,” she said.

Ms Berejiklian said participating teachers would have to achieve a number of milestones and demonstrate their leadership ability to be successful.

”Setting a clear pathway to success for people who might otherwise choose a different career sends a strong message – excellent teaching is essential, valued and rewarded in NSW,” she said.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said sending the best teachers to regional NSW would benefit the students and the community.

“Once these teachers get a taste of rural living, the hope is that they will stay regional and take up the better quality of life we have on offer,” he said.

“This is about building a safer and stronger regional NSW by giving our kids the best education possible while creating valuable teaching jobs in the bush.”

Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said the program was “unapologetically selective”, competitive, and incredibly rewarding in the long term.

“For those who are successful, they will be fast-tracked into a principal role – which can take 20 years – in under 10,” she said. “To enter … you have to be the best, and you must remain the best.”

“We want the future leaders – the ones that will transform the education system of tomorrow through academic excellence, outstanding ability in front of a class, and ambition.

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“Ensuring our best graduates and teachers spend time in regional NSW will help lift our regional schools.”

Ms Mitchell said the policy aligned with the government’s Rural and Remote Education Strategy, which was focused on improved student outcomes in the regions.

The program is part of the School Success Model and will start in Term 1 next year.

Teachers and graduate students will complete a rigorous selection process and will participate in the program for up to 10 years before being offered the opportunity of a principal position.

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