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Rural and Remote Teacher Experience program

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Rural and remote teaching offers a range of professional, personal and lifestyle benefits for both new and experienced teachers.

The Rural and Remote Teacher Experience program gives urban teachers considering teaching in a rural or remote state school a 1-week experience that is organised and funded by the department through an expression of interest process.

The program includes a 1-day orientation with the host school, a weekend living in the community and 5 days replacing the host teacher in class.

Queensland state primary and secondary teachers from Metropolitan, South East and North Coast regions have the opportunity to live and teach in a rural or remote location in the Far North Queensland, North Queensland, Central Queensland and Darling Downs South West regions.

Successfully selected participants will be matched with hosts in rural or remote schools who teach similar year levels or subjects. This will ensure continuity for students and their learning environment. Participants will be involved in planning, preparing and delivering effective learning and teaching programs for students in their host class. Host schools will provide a local orientation including welcoming participants to the community and an introduction to school priorities, policies and practices.

The program will run on dates that are mutually agreed upon by the successful participant, their home school, the host school and region and the Department of Education.

For more information, including participant case studies, search OnePortal for Teacher Experience program or email ruralandremote@qed.qld.gov.au.

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Kathryn's story

Hear Kathryn's story about teaching at Doomadgee State School. Kathryn shares what it was like moving from Brisbane and adjusting to life in a remote community that soon became a second home.

Hear more stories about rural and remote teaching on the Department of Education YouTube channel.

 Related links

Make a difference. Teach in a Queensland state school.

Already a state school teacher? Explore a rural or remote transfer by searching 'destination teach' on OnePortal (staff only) or email destinationteach@qed.qld.gov.au.

Discover the benefits of teaching in rural and remote schools.

Find out about our education regions.

Find out where our schools are located through the are located through the Schools Directory.

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Last updated 30 April 2020