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On Monday the SoE was invited to speak to Academic Board about our HE PX TAPP model. The TAPP or Teaching Academy of Professional Practice model brings together an alliance of 12 primary schools in the northern corridor and trains school-based coaches who work closely with groups of B.Ed students on placement.

Kathy Jordan, who established the model with Jen Elsden-Clifton in 2015, brought along Val Brittain, Assistant Prin at Mill Parks Height Primary and Katie Flowers, a B.Ed student who completed a placement at Val’s school. All three spoke passionately and eloquently about the value and challenges of the model. Val in particular impressed all of us by noting her school’s preference for RMIT graduates, with almost half her staff now being RMIT trained.

It was a great opportunity to profile the good work happening in SoE and I received several notes of thanks from Board members.

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