A new scheme in NSW seeks to cut the time it takes for top teachers to become principals.

For the first time, the state’s best teachers will have an opportunity to fast track their careers by participating in a government program to become a principal within 10 years.

The new program is open to 30 excelling teachers and 20 teaching graduates each year. 

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said participants will be required to participate in a regional placement.

“The Fast Stream program will raise education standards across the State by training our best teachers in our best schools and then requiring them to continue teaching in areas of higher need,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“The program will be a competitive and selective employment pathway in Australia. Participating teachers will have to achieve a number of milestones and demonstrate their leadership ability to be successful.

“Setting a clear pathway to success for people who might otherwise choose a different career sends a strong message - excellent teaching is essential, valued and rewarded in NSW.”

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said it will benefit regional students and their communities.

“Once these teachers get a taste of rural living, the hope is that they will stay regional and take up the better quality of life we have on offer,” Mr Barilaro said.

“This is about building a safer and stronger regional NSW by giving our kids the best education possible while creating valuable teaching jobs in the bush.”

The Fast Stream program is a component of the School Success Model and will start in Term 1, 2022. 

Teachers and graduate students must undergo a rigorous selection process. Teachers will be required to participate in the program for up to 10 years before being offered the opportunity of a principal position.