If you are interested in establishing a RATEP at your school you should write it into the school strategic planning documents, including the annual operation plan, and:
- with the teacher co-ordinator establish a local RATEP advisory committee (you will chair this)
- include the teacher coordinator and students in school in-service and professional development activities
- within the framework of the school, value the RATEP students’ wealth of cultural and community knowledge
- support the mentoring of pre-service teachers on practicum (particularly where a student will be making the transition from teacher aide to teacher)
- support the marketing of the program and publicise its achievements, including advocacy about the integrity of RATEP as an alternate teacher education pathway.
Local advisory committee
For effective delivery it is also essential that each RATEP site have a functioning advisory committee to ensure its smooth running. The suggested membership is the school principal, teacher coordinator/site teacher, a student representative and a community council representative or Indigenous organisation.
An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person linked to education and any additional stakeholders within the community, for example, the training centre coordinator, community elder and/or the chair of the P&C association are appropriate members.
The size of the advisory committee should reflect the size of the site it supports.
Meetings should be held at least once per term. Responsibility for setting up of an advisory committee lies with the teacher coordinator and principal.