Department of Education

Remote Teaching Service


The Remote Teaching Service is made up of a dedicated group of more than 200 teachers living and working in 38 remote communities in Western Australia. They deliver flexible and innovative education programs to ensure students in remote areas have access to high quality learning programs.

Schools in the Remote Teaching Service are located in some of the most isolated parts of the State. They may be in community settings or small towns, and the majority of students are from local Aboriginal families.

You can expect differing cultural, social, geographic and recreational environments. It is important to be prepared and research the schools and locations you may be interested in. A number of Remote Teaching Schools also have their own websites or social media sites, visit Schools Online.

For further location information visit the Aboriginal Communities of Western Australia and in the Kimberley MAPS on the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website.

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Remote Connection Program

This new program aims to increase awareness of the personal and professional benefits of a career in the Remote Teaching Service.  In Term 3, 2018 eight teachers spent one week living and working in remote community schools in the Goldfields, Midwest, Kimberley and Pilbara education regions. 

"Our visiting teacher, Lisa,  was a great asset to our school during her week with us.  It was a two-way exchange of information and ideas, with both our school learning from her and Lisa taking away ideas to her substantive school, but also with more of an idea of what a remote school could be like." - Jane Salt, Principal Bayulu RCS

"To teach in a remote school was what I wanted to do at the age of 18.  I’m now older with 30 years of teaching under my belt. To be given the opportunity to finally take the plunge and see if this is what I would like to do before I retire … is more than a dream come true.” – Leah, Bunbury WA

We hope to extend this life and career changing experience to up to 20 teachers in 2019.  Further information, including how to apply, will be available soon on this site.  You may also wish to join the Remote Teaching Service Connect Community.

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Making the most of your remote experience

Living in a remote community

Living in a remote Aboriginal community may be very different to anything you have experienced before. You are embarking on a unique journey that will present both opportunities and challenges.

You have the opportunity to:

  • deliver flexible and innovative learning programs to enable students to reach their full education potential
  • build positive relationships with Aboriginal students, their parents and families and the local Aboriginal community
  • develop greater understanding and respect for Aboriginal histories, peoples, cultures and languages
  • experience living in a unique cultural and geographical context.

Teaching in a remote community

Teaching in a remote community offers you a range of personal and professional opportunities. Many teachers who have participated in the Remote Teaching Service say it is the highlight of their teaching careers.

Class sizes are generally small in remote schools. This enables you to develop deeper relationships with students and their families. There are greater opportunities to teach multi-aged groups and, in many schools, you remain with that class for two or more years.

A typical appointment to the Remote Teaching Service is for three years. During that time you may be offered the opportunity to advance your career by acting in higher positions. This is a great way to extend your knowledge and skills, and develop a better understanding of what it takes to be a leader in a public school.

Teaching in a remote school offers a range of professional opportunities for teachers who are engaging and resilient. If you are flexible and like working as part of a team you have the opportunity to be part of this innovative learning community. Skills and interests in literacy, numeracy and English as an additional language/dialect (EAL/D) are highly valued.

 

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How to apply to the Remote Teaching Service

Click here to find out how to apply to the Remote Teaching Service.

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Relocation preparation

Starting a new job and moving house can be a challenging experience. However, the experience of relocating to a remote area, especially for those who have only lived in the metropolitan or larger provincial areas, can also be an exciting opportunity.

When you join the Remote Teaching Service rent free housing is provided for all teachers along with a furniture and white-goods package as well as the associated travel costs for you, your partner and dependents.  The travel costs include the removal of your furniture, effects and car.

Cars are the main way of getting around in a remote location.  You may even require a 4WD. For your personal travel and exploring the surroundings, a strong 4WD to cope with rough roads, straying animals and river crossings is highly recommended. You will have the opportunity to do a 4WD course through the Department which is a prerequisite for driving the school vehicle. It’s also important to identify how you will travel to your location, remembering to check transport options, road conditions and accessibility during seasonal changes.

Contact our Housing and Transport team to find out more about relocating.

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Contact the Remote Teaching Service

Remote Teaching Service

Ph:     (08) 9264 4412
Email: rts@education.wa.edu.au

 

Additional information relating to the Remote Teaching Service:

 

Remote Teaching Service
http://det.wa.edu.au/careers/detcms/navigation/teachers-and-school-leaders/career-opportunities/remote-teaching-service/

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