More than 100 SA primary school teachers have put up their hand to move into high school next year and will now be formally upskilled as part of a $13 million professional development program.
The initial recruitment process of transition was launched last year and invited applications from permanent primary teachers who wanted to make the move.
The first successful recruits will be getting high school ready through professional learning on literacy, the Year 7 to 9 curriculum programs and understanding adolescent learners.
Professional learning will start from Term 2 and continue throughout the year.
Education Minister John Gardner is full of praise for those teachers who have embraced the move.
"The uptake of permanent primary teachers applying for high school positions shows that our teachers recognise the importance of this move and are embracing the opportunities available to them," he said.
The uptake of permanent primary teachers applying for high school positions shows that our teachers recognise the importance of this move and are embracing the opportunities available to them.Education Minister John Gardner
The next step will involve providing recruits with support in their new roles.
"Our primary and high school principals have been working together, with clear guidance from the department, to ensure our teachers get the most out of their professional learning to prepare them for high school," the Minister said.
The recruitment of hundreds more high school teachers will also begin during Term 2 and will open up to all qualified teachers.
Meanwhile, the state's education department will cover the cost of temporary relief teachers for primary schools while professional learning is undertaken.
The aim is to minimise any disruption for primary students and ensure their learning continues seamlessly, as well as travel and accommodation costs for those teachers travelling to Adelaide from country locations.
In 2021 primary schools will also receive additional funding to cover the cost of temporary relief teachers for three days. This is expected to allow primary teachers to attend their new high schools for induction activities, whole-schools professional learning or planning for 2022.
In 2022 high schools will be funded to release permanent primary teachers who have made the transition so they can take part in mentoring and preparation activities at their new school.
To find out more about recruitment for the state's move of Year 7 into high school visit education.sa.gov.au.