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Year 7 to high school job opportunities

Recruitment for 2020 has closed 

Applications for secondary teaching opportunities arising from the move of year 7 to high school in 2022 are now closed.

For information on the next stage of the process, visit our year 7 to high school teacher recruitment page (staff login required). 

In this first round of recruitment, only permanent primary teachers in South Australian government schools were eligible to apply. This was to ensure enough primary teachers who were interested in moving had the first chance of applying for high school positions.

Recruitment for 2021 

Recruitment for all other positions arising from the year 7 to high school move will take place in 2021, and will be open to all qualified teachers.

Support for teachers every step of the way 

We used an application process for year 7 to high school positions that is different to how recruitment is usually run in the department.  

We partnered with an external specialist recruitment firm, Harrison McMillan, to deliver a contemporary process to manage a higher volume of candidates in a short time frame and improve the experience for leaders and fully support teachers.

Harrison McMillan are a South Australian owned company with extensive experience in candidate management and coaching and high volume recruitment. They’ve partnered with State Government before.

Primary school teachers who are offered and accept a role in a high school will be supported to make the move, with tailored professional learning packages available as part of the recruitment process.

Staying in primary school

If you’re a primary teacher not interested in moving, there is no need to worry. There are other people interested in making the move, and we will still need great teachers in primary school. For more about our promises to our workforce, see the Chief Executive’s employment assurances (PDF 608KB) (staff login required).

Our dedicated year 7 to high school intranet pages (staff login required) are also a key information source about the move for our teachers who work in public education. 

Year 7 to high school videos

Hear from teachers who have made the move in the videos below and think about whether this could this be an option for you. 

Working with teens

Working with teens video transcript

Stacey: 00:00 I think there are a lot of stereotypes around what Secondary students are actually going to be like, but I think they're great to work with. I think Secondary students are starting to identify their own passions, they're really starting to empathise and consider things from different perspectives.

Chris: 00:14 It's definitely not as scary as you think it is at the start, and it's similar to teaching primary in that they're still kids, they're still growing up, and they're still learning, and they still need nurturing and care.

End of transcript.

School size

School size video transcript

Penny: 00:00 I think the great thing about high school is that nothing is ever the same.

Ashley: 00:04 I really like the diversity. For me I've only worked in smaller primary schools up until now, so there's 70 staff in a high school, so you know there's a lot more people that you can find with things in common.

Stacey: 00:14 Being in a primary school setting you do have your own classroom, and your own space, but moving into secondary; it really opened up opportunities to work with different people, and people with different areas of expertise.

End of transcript.

Specialist subjects

Specialist subjects video transcript

Aaron: 00:00 If you're passionate about particular subjects, it's a great opportunity to really hone in on your passion, whether that's PE, Maths, Science, Tech.

Stacey: 00:09 I felt like I could really delve into my own area of expertise, and I wasn't spreading myself thin across areas that perhaps I wasn't so strong in. Ashley: 00:16 The support of having a close team around me, so with other teachers teaching very similar things, that was really good because we could catch up and have conversations about what we were teaching.

End of transcript.

Adolescents rewarding

Adolescents rewarding video transcript

Ashley: 00:00 Once they leave year 7, you always kind of wonder what's going to happen to them, and I've actually been able to witness that, and I've seen some kids that really struggled in primary school, get into high school and find a pathway for them and they've really blossomed, which has been fantastic.

Penny: 00:12 Adolescents can be challenging, but adolescents can be so rewarding. Watching young people grow and flourish from childhood to adulthood is a huge privilege.

End of transcript.


Year 7 to High School Project Team

Email: Year7toHS [at] sa.gov.au