Classmates was a collaborative initiative between the University of Western Sydney (UWS) and the New South Wales Department of Education and Training (NSW DET). Classmates offered an exciting mode of delivery of the UWS Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) degree in that Classmates candidates are linked closely to a particular school in south western Sydney during their teacher education. NSW DET played a major professional role within this teacher education program.
At the beginning of 2006, a small cohort of students was selected for positions in the Classmates mode from the three curriculum methods of Mathematics, English, or Science. These were the only curriculum methods available in the Classmates mode of the B. Teach (Secondary) and were determined by the demand in particular key learning areas in schools. There were 17 students enrolled in this mode of the B. Tch (Sec) as this is the pilot year of the program.