Beginning teachers can face anticipation, uncertainty, stress, concern, even fear when first taking up a teaching position. They have to implement all they have learned in the most effective way, create relationships with students, other staff and parents, become part of a system, a school and a staff with all this implies, match the desirable with the possible and finally, cope with the physical demands of teaching full-time. While this can prove rewarding and hopefully does for new teachers, it makes for interesting times until the moment you are certain you made the right decision.
This page gives access to procedures and programs used in each state & territory, special reviews, reports and surveys, resources & tools, books, even Survival Guides. It looks at induction, mentoring and other special programs.
For related information, visit the Professional Development pages.
States & Territories
Australian Capital Territory
From how to apply, to placement.
- Support for New Educators
‘New educators are supported during the early years of their career through a variety of programs’. Specifics can be found on the Professional Learning page.
- Teach in Canberra
Looks at teaching in Canberra. Check sections in the menu at the left.
New South Wales
- Beginning Teacher Conferences
‘Beginning Teacher Conferences are open to all new [beginning] teachers who are : employed as full time, temporary or casual teachers by the DET in the schools sector and located within a reasonable travelling distance of the conference’. NSWTF.
- Early Career Teachers
This professional learning process has sections on induction, new scheme teachers, preservice liaison, resources, supervision and general support practices.
- Induction [NSW]
‘Induction includes orientation to the NSW Department of Education and Training and to the school, as well as a school-based induction program involving structured supervision, collegial support, mentoring and professional networking’.
- Information and Support
For Beginning Teachers
Has three major links to Mentoring, The English K-6 syllabus and Early Career Teachers.
- Information for Newly Appointed Teachers
‘Welcome to your online site with information for newly appointed teachers. This page will give you quick access to information that will help you settle into your new role’.
- Probationary Service
‘Probationary teachers are beginning teachers and have the support of an appropriate induction and structured supervisory program’.
- Teacher Mentoring for Early Career Teachers
- Professional Pathways
Catholic Education Office. Includes information on Orientation and Induction of staff.
- Teacher Registration Board
- Beginning Teacher Induction
Covers school-based support, regional events and key links This includes the DETE induction website.
“Beginning and Establishing Teachers’ Association”. ‘BETA strives to assist in maximising the effective induction of beginning and establishing teachers as professional educators in schools’.
- Flying Start Induction Toolkit for Beginning Teachers.
- Induction Resources and
- New and Beginning Teachers
Information and links.
- Review of
Teacher Education and Induction Project
Two reports plus a government response are available.
- Teacher Induction
Queensland College of Teachers. ‘The QCT has an interest in the induction of teachers, especially provisionally-registered teachers’.
QCT has videos on Beginning to Teach Years 1 and 3.
- DECD connectED Induction Expo
- Induction checklist : DECD Sites
- Induction to DECD
Select the appropriate option and follow the prompts.
- Teacher Registration : Teachers Registration Board of South Australia
Beginning Teacher Time Release Program. ‘The purpose of time release will vary according to the needs of each beginning teacher’.
- Teachers Registration Board of Tasmania
AS well as related information check Inside Teaching for articles relevant to beginning teachers.
- Induction and Orientation
Select from the options and follow the prompts.
- Induction for Beginning Teachers
‘The Beginning Teachers Induction webpages offer a range of resources and suggestions to support you at this important stage of your career’.
- Induction Resources
‘Resources to assist schools to provide effective induction and mentoring support’..
‘Mentoring offers individualised support to beginning and returning teachers’. Introduction with links to Mentoring Beginning Teachers and Teacher Mentor Support Program information.
- Supporting Provisionally Registered Teachers
‘Newly qualified teachers with provisional registration can access information and resources required to apply for full registration’.
- The e5 Instructional Model
‘The e5 Instructional Model was launched in 2009. It is a reference point for school leaders and teachers to develop a deeper understanding of what constitutes high quality teacher practice in the classroom’.
- Aspiring Teachers
‘Has a range of information that will acclimatise you with the internal structure and functions of the Department of Education and Training and teaching with them’.
- Graduate Teachers
Information on the Graduate Teacher Induction Program, In-class Coaching Program and Teacher Registration Board programs.
- Staff Induction Policy
Download or read online.
- Switch Program
Links to information.
- Mentoring in Schools Program Initial information and links for involvement.
- Benefits and
‘You have access to a variety of employee benefits and support services’.
Books & Other Publications
‘Created by an experienced teacher and an actively engaged parent’. Check sample pages on the site.
- New Teacher’s Kit
‘The New Teacher’s Kit is a complete set of downloadable, printable resources and classroom strategies’.
- New-Teacher Toolbox
US, but still applicable. Available through Amazon. Partly available through Google Books.
- Beginning Teacher Myths
‘Here is a short list of misconceptions that new teachers often bring to the classroom’. NSW Teachers Federation.
- Beginning Teacher Resources
‘On this page you will be able to find a number of links, suggestions, and ideas to help make your first year of teaching just a little bit less overwhelming’. A second site with a smaller but just as valuable list can be found at Help for Beginning Teachers. Both are US based.
- First Years, Help for the New Teacher
Links to resources to help during this period.
‘At Gigglepotz we believe in actively engaging the student in the learning process. We are committed to providing materials that enable teachers to implement 21st Century skills, and enhance learning outcomes’.
You must log in to access all areas of this site. Registration is fee-based but reasonable. Some free samples are available.
- Great Expectations …
“Good News for Beginning Teachers”. Article full of advice from Dr Jane Bluestein.
- The New Teacher Induction Program [NTIP]
Ontario Ministry of Education, Canada. ‘The New Teacher Induction Program supports the growth and professional development of new teachers. It is a step in a continuum of professional learning for teachers to support effective teaching, learning, and assessment practices. It provides another full year of professional support so that new teachers can continue to develop the requisite skills and knowledge that will support increased success as teachers in Ontario’.
- Teacher Induction : Supporting the Supporters of Novice Teachers in Europe
‘The ultimate aim of this project was to develop a five-day intensive programme for “mentors”, this definition included teachers in schools who had the task of inducting new teachers’.
Research, Reports & Surveys
- Beginning Teacher Survey 2008
“New Educators Survey”. Summary of the findings.
- Components of Good Teacher Induction Programs [ERIC Digest]
Article that looks at what makes a good program, what areas they should cover and how they work. There are also a range of references provided.
- Exemplary Teacher Induction : An
‘Analysis of the most exemplary teacher induction programs from Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand and the United States revealed common attributes and exceptional features’. Fee-based but may be accessible through other institutions.
- Experiences of Beginning Teachers
‘The survey was completed by 1 351 teachers, all of whom have less than three years of teaching service’.
- From students of teaching …
To Teachers of Students : Teacher Induction Around the Pacific Rim. ‘Based on the research conducted through three case studies of teacher induction - in Australia, Japan and New Zealand’. Printer-friendly version available.
- Case Studies Of Mentoring
Examples provided by the NSW Department of Education & Communities.
- Mentoring and Beginning Teachers’ Workplace
Research paper by Carter, M. and Francis, R., Charles Sturt University.
- Outcomes and Perennial Issues in Pre-service Teacher Education
ePrint from Queensland University of Technology.
- Mentoring New Teachers : Promise and Problems in
Times of Teacher Shortage
AJE article by Kay Martinez, James Cook University.
- Teacher Mentor, Teacher Coach
‘Teacher mentors can suddenly become a new teacher’s best friend’. Suite®. Another article is Mentoring a First Year Teacher.
- National Beginning Teacher Survey
‘The inaugural AEU National Beginning Teacher Survey. It attracted 1 207 responses, providing insights into beginning teachers’ attitudes to key issues’. Access a range of documents.
- OECD educationtoday
: How Do We Keep New Teachers Teaching ?
Article with embedded links. Kristen Weatherby.
- Past, Present, and Future Research on Teacher Induction : An Anthology
Jian Wang, Sandra J. Odell, Renee Tipton Clift.
- Research Related to Early Career Teachers
A listing with links to details.
- Retaining Effective Early Career Teachers
Article in Curriculum Leadership [Australia].
- Teacher Induction in Australia : A Sample of What’s Really Happening
You can download the Published Version here.
Aspirations and Expectations of the New Generation of Teachers
Discussion paper with bibliography.
- The Experience of New Teachers
- Results from TALIS 2008
‘Provides a comprehensive analysis of the most important issues facing teachers during the early stages of their careers’. OECD. Multiple downloads available.
- A Checklist for Beginning Teachers
Done by the Alberta Teachers’ Association, Canada. Simple, thought provoking and full of common sense.
- Activities & Icebreakers for the First
Day of Middle School [eHow.com]
A short video.
- A Middle School Teacher’s First
Article by a practising teacher. US-based.
- Beginning Teacher Links
A selection from Primary School.
- Beginning Teacher Assistance
‘As a beginning teacher, you probably have many questions and concerns. On these pages we have tried to provide you with answers’.
- Beginning Teacher Tips
- Mentoring beginning Teachers
Program Handbook for this program. From the Alberta Teachers’ Association.
- National Induction Programme for Teachers
‘Aims to support the induction of newly qualified teachers into the teaching profession in primary schools in Ireland’. A very detailed example of what occurs in other countries.
- The Music Teachers Project
‘A forum based site that has been designed to give support to beginning music teachers. Talk, send video, ask for help and share the highs and lows of your experiences in the classroom’.
- The New Teacher Centre
‘A national resource focused on teacher and administrator induction’. US-based. Articles, resources and sample programs may prove useful in an Australian setting.
- Advice for First-Year Teachers
- Back-to-School Guide For Beginning Teachers
‘Education World pull[ed] together this Back-to-School Guide for Beginning Teachers - a virtual survival guide for educators about to begin their first year in the classroom’.
- NEA - Management Tips for New Teachers
Karen Zauber. US-based but still covers all the essentials. Advice for New Special Education Teachers targets one special group.
- New Teacher Survival Guide : Classroom Management
Discussion between a new teacher and a management expert. Before and after views.
- New Teacher Survival Guide : Planning
‘Watch as a new teacher creates a lesson plan step by step with her coach.’.
- Survival Guide For New Academics at UTS
Applies to teachers at university level. Many topics covered. Also visit their New Academic Staff page.
- The Survival Guide for
Beginning Primary School Teachers
Australian. Fee-based and experiences in Australian schools. However, you can access Beginning Teacher Tips