EdComm Internships Program - Information for Schools

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Rationale for the Internship program 

The EdComm Internship program provides teachers in training and school graduates considering teaching as a career with practical experience in a Christian school.

It is designed to be compatible with Anglican Schools, other like-minded Christian schools, the Youthworks Year 13 Discipleship Program, and Youthworks College.

Many Christian schools and colleges have expressed the need for more committed and capable Christian people to join the teaching profession.

The program is designed to introduce Interns to the experience of Christian teaching and provide them with an understanding of the exciting possibilities and practicalities that a career in teaching holds. Support from EdComm is provided throughout the year, through the EdComm Internship Learning Program (EILP), face-to-face visits and a feedback session at the conclusion of the course.

 

Purpose of the Internship program 

The purpose of the Internship program is:

  • To promote teaching as a Christian vocation by providing a school experience over the course of a year.
  • To enable Christian schools/colleges to support and enrich the Classroom/Chaplaincy/Christian Studies/Co-Curricular programs with Interns.
  • To enable Interns accessing the program through Anglican Youthworks Year 13 or Anglican Youthworks College to complete their required Ministry hours

In a school, there are many opportunities for Interns to be of assistance – they may be assigned to work in the Chaplaincy area, a primary classroom / stage or high school faculty, or in extra-curricular activities such as sport, CRU meetings or school musicals. Offering a range of experiences enriches the opportunities for Interns.

 

Pathways into the EdComm Internship Program

There are two pathways into the EdComm Internship Program:

1. Direct - Schools engage their own Interns.

Schools may identify a current Year 12 student or a student from other sources (such as a student already undertaking teacher education) who is interested in having the Intern experience - the school registers the Intern with EdComm to participate in the Intern program (contact Gail Staples: gail.staples@edcomm.org.au).

The school may express interest in participating in the Intern Program and request that  EdComm assist in finding potential Interns to interview for the position.

2. Through Youthworks Year 13 or Youthworks College.

Intern placements- commencement and recommended  time allocation .

It is suggested that Interns commence their placement in Weeks 3-4 of Term One. This allows each school the opportunity to establish programs for the Interns.

Interns:

EdComm recommends a two day per week placement (excluding weekends) in term time. Schools may wish to negotiate more attendance weeks, taking into account other commitments such as University/ other study/PT work and church roles such as youth group leader. 

OR

By negotiation between the Intern/s and the school.

 

Note: For YW Year 13 or YW College program Interns-

Two day per week placement (excluding weekends) in term time over 34 weeks which allows for blocks of time to complete the Youthworks Year 13 program to attend O and D weeks, one-week Fiji preparation week and four weeks for the  Youthworks Year 13 Fiji mission trip. 

OR

By negotiation between the Intern/s and the school.

Supervisors: 

Term time only.

The Role of the School/College

The school/college will:-

  •  select a supervisor who will oversee the Internship.
  • provide appropriate orientation, including child protection training, for the Intern.
  • negotiate payment terms directly with the Intern and provide them with  appropriate documentation.
  • Keep a copy of the Intern’s WWCC.

 

The Role of the Supervisor

The supervisor will be: a classroom teacher; a teacher working within a faculty; or a staff member in the Chaplaincy department.

Supervisors:-

  •  must be present, supportive and engaged with the Intern and will meet with them regularly.
  • will explain relevant school/college expectations for staff to the Intern at the commencement of placement.
  • will  collaboratively set the Intern’s program/timetable with the Intern and relevant school/college staff.
  • will provide a timetable to the Intern that will and be considerate of the Intern’s other commitments e.g. study – any changes to the timetable due to camps, excursions and so on will be negotiated with the Intern by the supervisor, ahead of time.
  • may request an orientation session with the EdComm Intern Program Coordinator  (prior to the Intern’s commencement) to discuss the Internship placement, the parameters, appropriate roles and reporting/evaluation procedure.
  • will be required to fill in a brief report/evaluation form for the Intern and the Intern program - feedback for improvement. (in November).

  

The role of Anglican EdComm

The Internship Program Coordinator will:

  •  provide supervisors with a digital copy of the Supervisor’s handbook.
  • plan and lead an orientation session for all Interns prior to commencement of the Internship.
  • facilitate the program and keep track of progress in the EdComm Internship  Learning Program (a face-to-face and online course).
  • meet with each Intern and their supervisor once in Semester One at the placement college/school.
  • provide regular online feedback for Interns during the year.  An online feedback form will be provided to Interns and a final feedback meeting will take place for all Interns and the Internship Program Coordinator at the end of the year.
  • provide an online feedback form for supervisors.

  Upon successful completion of coursework and placement, Anglican EdComm Interns will be provided with a certificate of completion, outlining both the purpose and an overview of  coursework. This may be a a valuable addition to a CV.

 

The Role of the Intern

An Intern’s role should be varied – it is important to recognise that this is a support role. It would be of benefit to the Intern if they had access to a range of activities in their role over the year, so they are able to explore their capability and aptitude across a variety of age groups.

Suggested activities

Assisting with:

  • Chapel, CRU/lunchtime groups etc – collaboratively establishing the program, presentations, music, set-up and so on
  • Musicals, bands, choirs – if the intern has appropriate skill sets and interest
  • Sports coaching
  • Excursions (could be overnight if they do not clash with the Intern’s other commitments)
  • Working with small groups in the library – e.g. running a lunchtime story/craft group with a Christian focus.
  • Working with small groups in the classroom or learning support faculty (under supervision and following a prepared lesson)

 

General information

  •  Interns may also be assigned to assist with a particular class, e.g. half day per week in a Kindergarten class.
  • Interns may attend professional development meetings that are considered appropriate and educative.
  • The Intern will have a WWCC (volunteer or paid, dependent upon the financial arrangement).

 

The EdComm Internship Program

Suggested payment options for Interns

EdComm recommends that Interns be remunerated for their contribution to school life.  In determining the level and form of remuneration please consider the circumstances of the Intern, particularly if they are studying or are needing to support themselves through part-time employment.

As a guide, some options currently used in participating schools that might be considered are:

Option 1 (recommended by EdComm)

Pay an allowance based on a pro-rata Teachers Aide salary

Option 2

Negotiate an agreed allowance that is fair for the Intern and the circumstances of the school.

Option 3

For students studying through Youthworks Year 13 and Youthworks College, the school community may also provide additional support for the Intern’s fundraising for the Fiji Mission Trip

Note: Any financial understanding between the Intern and the school is a matter to be negotiated directly between both parties as EdComm is not equipped to facilitate these arrangements.

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