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 DEC in the schools sector and located within a reasonable travelling distance of the conference’. NSWTF. They also have a Graduate Survival Kit.
Better Support for Beginning Teachers
Includes release time and mentoring during the first year.
- Induction [NSW]
‘Induction includes orientation to the Department and to the school, as well as a school-based induction program involving structured supervision, collegial support, mentoring and professional networking’. There is also information on Casual teacher induction.
- Information for Newly Appointed Teachers
‘Contains an overview of information with which you will need to become familiar. It is part of the induction process which will be continued by your principal’.
- Probationary Service
‘Probationary teachers are beginning teachers and have the support of an appropriate induction and structured supervisory program’.
- 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 Department of Education and Training induction website.
‘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 Planners
- New and Beginning Teachers
Information and links.
- Review of
Teacher Education and Induction Project
Two reports plus a government response are available.
- Teacher Induction
‘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
‘The purpose of time release will vary according to the needs of each beginning teacher’.
- Teachers Registration Board of Tasmania
Information about registration and employment.
- Induction and Orientation
Select from the options and follow the prompts.
- Induction for Beginning Teachers
‘The Beginning Teachers Induction web pages offer a range of resources and suggestions to support you at this important stage of your career’.
- Induction of New Teachers
‘Principals can support the induction of new teachers in their school by being explicit about the values and expectations that inform and reflect the behaviours and practices of staff within their school. Effective induction of beginning teachers in schools is primarily the responsibility of principals’.
‘Mentoring offers individualised support to beginning and returning teachers’. Introduction with links to Mentoring Beginning Teachers and Teacher Mentor Support Program information.
- School Centres for
‘Explored new options for the delivery of pre-service teacher education and ways in which pre-service teachers could be better immersed in effective professional practice’.
- Supporting Provisionally Registered
‘Newly qualified teachers with provisional registration can access information and resources required to apply for full registration’.
- Teaching Academies of Professional
‘Teaching Academies adopt a partnership model to deliver innovative and effective initial teacher education’.
- The e5 Instructional Model
‘The e5 Instructional Model 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’.
- New &Graduate
Information on the Graduate Teacher Induction Program, In-class Coaching Program and Teacher Registration Board programs.
- Staff Induction Policy
Download or read online.
Links to information.
- Benefits and
‘You have access to a variety of employee benefits and support services’.
- The Early Career Teachers Program
‘Targets Early Career Teachers employed in Catholic schools as graduate teachers, to support their transition into the teaching profession’.
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.
- 6 Ways Awesome Administrators Help New Teachers Face
the First Year with a Smile
‘There’s an enormous gap between what you learned about teaching and what teaching is really like. Having a great administrator that first year can be a lifeline’. USA.
- 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’. USA.
- Great Expectations …
“Good News for Beginning Teachers”. Article full of advice from Dr Jane Bluestein.
- The New Teacher Induction Program
Ontario Ministry of Education, Canada. ‘Supports the growth and professional development of new teachers. A step in a continuum of professional learning for teachers to support effective teaching, learning, and assessment practices. Provides another full year of professional support so that new teachers can continue to develop’.
- Teacher Induction : Supporting the Supporters of Novice Teachers in Europe
‘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 Teachers’ Perception of Their Induction into the
2015; Lynda Kidd, Natalie Brown, Noleine Fitzallen. ‘The main objective of this mixed method study was to gain a deeper understanding of beginning teachers’ experiences and the perceptions of their induction into the teaching profession and the support they received’.
- Challenges Confronting Career-Changing
2015; James J Watters, Carmel M Diezmann. ‘A Qualitative Study of Professional Scientists Becoming Science Teachers’.
- Classroom Ready : …
2015; AITSL ‘Demonstrating the impact on student learning of initial teacher education programs’.
- How Can Schools Support Beginning Teachers ?
A Call for Timely Induction and Mentoring for Effective Teaching. 2012; Peter Hudson. ‘This qualitative study uses a survey, questionnaire, and interviews to investigate 10 beginning teachers' needs towards becoming effective teachers in their first year of teaching’.
- How to develop an online community
for pre-service and early career teachers
2015; Nick Kelly, Marc Clarà, Steven Kickbusch. ‘This paper contributes a number of design principles for developing large-scale online communities of pre-service and early career teachers’.
- Mindfulness and the Beginning Teacher
2014; Ross S Bernay. ‘The participants in this study discovered through their lived experiences of using mindfulness in their first year of teaching that their personal wellbeing was enhanced, stress was reduced, and they could focus greater attention on their lesson planning and their students’.
- Reconceptualising beginning
teacher induction as organisational socialisation : a situated learning model
2015; Sean Kearney. ‘ By presenting a common framework for beginning teacher induction, it is hoped that a more comprehensive understanding of induction will be reached so that more effective programs can be developed’.
- The School-Community Integrated Learning [SCIL]
Exploring a new way to prepare and induct final-year preservice teachers. 2015; Sue Hudson, Peter Hudson, Lenore Adie. ‘This study involved 32 final-year preservice teachers in an innovative school-university partnership teacher education program titled, the School-Community Integrated Learning [SCIL] pathway’.
- The Teacher workforce in
Australia : Supply, demand and data issues
2016; Paul R Weldon. ‘Provides a brief overview of the current teacher workforce situation in Australia. It highlights workforce trends and projected growth, and areas where the collection and analysis of additional data may assist in the targeting of effective policy’.
- A Retrospective Appraisal of Teacher Induction
2016; Fadia M Nasser-Abu Alhija, Barbara Fresko. ‘The study reported in this paper was part of a comprehensive evaluation of the national teacher induction program in Israel. The induction program was initiated to increase the professional status of teachers as well as to reduce the “reality shock” of entry into the profession’. Israel.
- Beginning Teachers’ Perceptions of Their Pedagogical Knowledge
and Skills in Teaching
2013; Doris Choy, Angela F L Wong, et al. ‘The purpose of this paper is to investigate the beginning teachers’ perceptions of pedagogical knowledge and skills in teaching in Singapore. Data was collected from the beginning teachers at three time points’. Singapore.
- Career Paths of Beginning Public School Teachers
2015; Kimberley Raue, Lucinda Gray; National Centre for Education Statistics. ‘This report examines the career paths of beginning public school teachers and how these career paths vary by characteristics during the teachers’ first year of teaching and most recent year of teaching’. USA.
- Exploring Teacher Induction : Collaborative Self-Studies
2015; Déirdre Smith, Joe Engemann. ‘The focus of this professional learning story is the collaborative inquiry processes that were employed to explore teacher induction’. Canada.
- Investigating a model of mentoring for effective teaching
2015; Lori Bird, P Hudson. ‘This paper investigates a five-factor model of mentoring for effective teaching. A survey was administered to 218 student teachers after student teaching to provide insights into their mentoring experience’. USA/Australia.
- New Teacher Centre Induction Model
2015; What Works Clearinghouse™. ‘The induction model aims to accelerate the effectiveness of beginning teachers at increasing student learning by providing one-on-one mentoring and professional development in a supportive school environment’. USA.
- 10 First-Year Teacher Myths and How to Avoid
‘Behold the 10 myths I believed as a new teacher. And the realities I now believe to be true’. USA
- A Checklist for Beginning Teachers
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.
- Mentoring Beginning Teachers
Program Handbook for this program. Alberta Teachers’ Association. Canada.
- 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.
- Resources Toolkit for New Teachers
Edutopia. ‘From classroom management to working with parents, lesson planning to learning environments, this compilation of blogs, videos, and other resources provides an array of tips and advice for teachers just starting out’.
- 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 pulled 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 covers experiences in Australian schools. However, you can access Beginning Teacher Tips