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Beginning Teachers

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

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

Northern Territory

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South Australia


  • BeTTR
    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.

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Western Australia

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Other Information

Books & Other Publications

  • Beginning Teacher’s Handbook
    ‘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.

General Sites

  • 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.
  • Gigglepotz
    ‘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 [TISSNTE]
    ‘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’.

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Research, Reports & Surveys


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Survival Guides

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