Are you tough enough to teach Australia's unruly students?
GO-GETTERS who don't hold a teaching degree will be sent to instruct the most challenged and unruly students, under a $20 million Turnbull Government scheme.
Working on the theory that sometimes the best teachers have never studied teaching, the Government has set aside cash in today's Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook to give students access to professionals who have only held jobs outside the classroom.
Up to 300 professionals - including engineers, lawyers and scientists - will be enlisted by the Government, which will spend the multimillion-dollar injection on recruitment, training and ongoing support.
Successful applicants will be eligible for a Master of Teaching qualification.
The investment comes as the Turnbull Government and the Opposition remain locked in an education funding war based on ideological differences.
The Coalition believes more money doesn't guarantee better eduction outcomes, while Labor demands needs-based funding that gives more money to the most disadvantaged schools.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham will today announce the Government's Teach for Australia program and will send willing participants to some of the country's most unruly classrooms in some of the most disadvantaged and remote areas.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the plan was in the interests of Australian students, who were falling behind those in similar countries.
"We want to focus on quality of outcomes for our children so they get the best start in life," he said.
"All the evidence tells us that it's the quality of the teacher and early intervention that matters. That's why we are focused on building better pathways for children, no matter who they are or where they live."
Senator Birmingham said: "The Turnbull Government's $20.5 million funding boost means up to 300 outstanding new teachers will be placed in disadvantaged secondary schools in regional areas and low socio-economic communities and schools that are usually difficult to staff."