From today, permanent primary school teachers looking for a new experience can make their move, as a selection of the hundreds of high school teaching opportunities open in preparation for the Year 7 to High School move in 2022.
In this first round of recruitment, only permanent primary school teachers currently working in South Australian government schools are eligible to apply, with a second round taking place in 2021 that will be open to all qualified teachers.
The department is seeking to fill around 20 per cent of high school roles through its first phase of recruitment, with successful teachers being supported to make the move with tailored professional learning.
The year 7 move means around 800 additional teachers will be required in high schools, and around 500 fewer in primary teaching positions – it is expected that normal staff changes and voluntary movement of teachers to high school will address the reduction in primary teachers.
Overall, there are expected to be up to 1000 vacancies for ongoing high school teaching positions to fill before 2022, through additional roles and normal turnover across the state’s education system – a figure that does not include the staffing requirements associated with the new schools set to open in the same year.
The department is partnering with external recruitment firm Harrison McMillan to deliver an effective process that manages a higher volume of candidates in a short time frame. It will improve the experience for leaders as well as fully supporting teachers.
Applying for specific curriculum areas and preferred locations, primary teachers will use Harrison McMillan’s online platform to build their application. Teachers will also have access to personal recruitment coaching and a hotline for application queries.
Applications for the first round of Year 7 to High School teaching opportunities will close on Wednesday 23 September. For more information visit our Year 7 to High School job opportunities page.
Recruitment for 2021 vacancies, which is already underway, is taking place separately using the regular recruitment process and more information can be found on our working with us page.