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đź“Ł Just in: NSW Department of Education renews the ClassCover contract for 5 years with additional 2 year extension

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Shared by Billie • November 01, 2022

ClassCover is proud to announce the continuation of our partnership with the NSW Department of Education. The extension of this contract for up to 7 years will see ClassCover remain the preferred casual teacher resourcing solution for the department’s 2,000+ schools across the state.

  • 2,222: NSW Department of Education schools supported by ClassCover
  • 25,000: Casual teachers available to be booked throughout NSW
  • 5-years with additional 2-year extension: Length of the current partnership between ClassCover and NSW Department of Education

The decision to renew ClassCover’s contract with the NSW Department of Education was made earlier this month following a rigorous tender process where the effectiveness of the platform was weighed up against other booking solutions from Australia and around the world.

Speaking about the announcement, ClassCover CEO and Co-Founder, Ben Grozier, touched on the potential the app has to help with the issues faced by schools across NSW.

“We are thrilled to be chosen as the Casual Teacher Resourcing Solution for NSW Department of Education schools for up to 7 years and look forward to saving our educators more time and helping to alleviate the pressures of the current teacher supply challenges being experienced across the state and country.”

ClassCover has a long history in NSW, launching in Sydney’s Northern Beaches in 2011 and entering use with the first NSW public school soon after in 2012. After a period of strong growth across the state, 2018 saw the platform first contracted as the preferred casual booking platform for all Department of Education schools. In that time, many new features have been added to the platform to meet the needs of public schools across NSW.

A direct integration with the department helps ensure teacher compliance, with a green tick showing next to a teacher’s name in ClassCover to indicate their approval to teach, approved Working with Children Check and completion of all mandatory training.

The pandemic, too, saw ClassCover pivot to ensure NSW Department of Education schools could react to the changing needs of the time.

In a time of increased demand across NSW, ClassCover unlocked additional functionality to enable the Department of Education to book retired educators to fill in in the classroom. The “COVID taskforce” resulted in 3,665 booked days during terms 1 and 2 of this year, and the temporary employment of 503 retired teachers. This ultimately prevented thousands of students going without a teacher.

“ClassCover has proudly served the NSW Department of Education for 5 years since 2018, including providing support across multiple projects during the height of the Covid pandemic and school shutdowns.”

The contract announcement comes off the back of a big year for ClassCover, including a successful second round of our partnership with The Smith Family’s Catch-Up Learning Program, and the acquisition of relief teacher booking platform, Relief Ruler.

New feature

New for Student Teachers: Get Booked for Education Support Roles on ClassCover

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Shared by Billie • October 16, 2022

Get a jump start on your teaching career by using your ClassCover profile to gain valuable classroom experience.

If you’re a university student studying education, you can now mark yourself as available for classroom support work and get booked by schools using your ClassCover profile. When you update your profile, you will appear when schools are searching for SLSOs, SSOs, LSOs, EAs, or TAs, depending on what the role is called in your state or territory.

Teacher PD

NESA Accredited Course: Creating Differentiated Classrooms

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Shared by James • October 16, 2022

ClassCover Learn has been busy in the background getting our courses reaccredited to fit into NESA's new framework. We are excited to announce that we have received accreditation for our first course!

Creating Differentiated Classrooms is now NESA accredited and counts towards 2 professional development hours.

Join Aaron Johnston from Mr J’s Learning Space as he takes you through a range of strategies to ensure the needs of all students are catered for every day, in every lesson.

This course is featured in ClassCover Learn subscription for teachers.

Feature update

New: Find and Book Uni Students for Classroom Support Roles

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Shared by Billie • October 16, 2022

Your school can now hire uni students for Teacher Assistant roles on ClassCover.

With a growing number of student teachers on ClassCover, we got to thinking… how could we help schools deal with the staff shortage and provide valuable classroom experience for the next generation of educators?

The solution is clear: allow these students to be booked for classroom support roles on ClassCover. So, depending on your state or territory, you can now search for SLSOs, SSOs, LSOs, EAs or TAs and choose from a group of talented education students.

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New course: Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder as a Relief Teacher

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Shared by Billie • October 16, 2022

If you are a relief teacher who is looking for ways to better support your students with Autism Spectrum Disorder you are in the right place.

Join your instructor, Tammy McMillan as she breaks down the specifics of working with ASD students as a relief teacher, and draws on her own experiences to provide actionable strategies you can start using in the classroom immediately.

Start this course now on ClassCover Learn!