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. They also have a Graduate Survival Kit.
Better Support for Beginning Teachers
Includes release time and mentoring during the first year.
- Early Career Teachers
This professional learning process has sections on induction, new scheme teachers, preservice liaison, resources, supervision, general support practices.
- 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 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
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 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.
- 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. ‘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
- A Comparison of Beginning and Experienced Teachers’ Concerns
2008, Steven A. Melnick, Denise G. Meister. ‘Points to a number of issues important to teacher educators responsible for preparing candidates for initial certification as well as to school district personnel responsible for mentoring new teachers and’.
- Beginning Teacher Attrition and Mobility
2011, Ashley Kaiser, Freddie Cross. ‘ This report is a first look at data from the first three waves of data collection’.
- Beginning Teachers’ Achievements and Challenges : Implications for Induction and
2012, Peter Hudson. ‘A qualitative study investigating the achievements and challenges experienced by ten beginning teachers at two points during the school year: April and September’. ATEA Conference paper.
- Beginning Teacher Support in Australia : Towards an Online
Community to Augment Current Support
2014, Kelly, Nick; Reushle, Shirley; Chakrabarty, Sayan; Kinnane, Anna. ‘Describes opportunities to improve the current support provided to beginning teachers in Australia’.
- Building Early Career Teacher Resilience : The Role of
2013, Rosie le Cornu. ‘Aimed to investigate the dynamic and complex interplay among individual, relational and contextual conditions that operate over time to promote early career teacher resilience’.
- Building the Right Foundation
Improving Teacher Induction in Australian Schools. 2014, Hay Group/AITSL. ‘The focus of this paper is to provide an analysis into the key research in the area of new teacher induction’.
- Early Career
Teachers : Stories of Resilience
2013, Professor Bruce Johnson, et al. ‘Describes findings from a study into early career teachers and threats to their wellbeing’. Linked to a book of the same name.
- How Can Schools Support Beginning Teachers ?
A Call for Timely Induction and Mentoring for Effective Teaching. 2012, Peter Hudson. ‘Uses a survey, questionnaire, and interviews to investigate 10 beginning teachers’ needs towards becoming effective teachers in their first year of teaching’.
- How can Universities support Beginning
2012, Peter Hudson. ‘This qualitative study uses interviews and questionnaires to investigate 10 first year teachers’ understandings of how universities can support them more effectively’.
- Initial Teacher
Education : Data Report
2013, AITSL. ‘A new collation of public domain material as well as available custom data that has been retrieved from multiple sources’.
- New Educators Survey 2008, Results and Report
- Reciprocal Mentoring : Can it Help Prevent Attrition for
Beginning Teachers ?
2013, Lisa F. Paris. ‘The RM approach is designed to support beginning teachers as they transition to the profession and to facilitate improved retention’.
- Research Summary : New Teacher Induction
2012, Kathryn L. Martin. ‘Reviews the literature on teacher retention and mobility, effective induction practices, and specific implications for beginning teachers being inducted in the middle level grades’.
- Speaking Up and Speaking Freely
2007, Lorenzo Cherubini. ‘The objective of this qualitative research study was to examine the perceptions of 173 beginning teachers in Ontario participating in purposely selected exemplary induction programs’.
the effectiveness of Teacher Education
2012, SETE. ‘Focusing on how well new teachers feel prepared for the variety of school settings in which they are employed, … ’.
- Supporting Beginning Rural Teachers : Lessons from Successful
2009, White, S., Lock, G., Hastings, W., Reid, J., Green, B., & Cooper, M. ‘This paper examines common themes derived from the strategies that support beginning teachers in these rural communities’.
- Teacher Induction : Exploring Beginning Teacher Mentorship
2009, Hellsten, Laurie-ann M.; Prytula, Michelle P.; Ebanks, Althea; Lai, Hollis. ‘This study explored the mentorship experiences of Saskatchewan beginning teachers’.
- Teacher Induction in Catholic Schools
2005, Greg Chatlain, Brian Noonan. ‘The purpose of this study was to examine the induction process for beginning teachers in [Saskatoon] Catholic schools’.
- Teachers’ Work : Beginning Teachers’ Conceptions of
2008, Helen Huntley. ‘Outlines the findings of a phenomenographic study that sought to uncover the conceptions of competence held by beginning teachers’.
- The Bridge from Teacher Preparation to Beginning Teacher
2009, Kerryn McCluskey. ‘This paper focuses on [a] specific group of beginning teachers - Helping NESB beginning teachers enter a community of teaching practice’.
- The Experience of New Teachers, Results from TALIS 2008
2012, Ben Jensen, et al. ‘Examines not only the differences between new and more experienced teachers, but provides a context within which these differences - and any similarities - can be better interpreted’.
- Transitioning from Student Teacher to Teaching Professional
2009, Troy D. Sadler & Michelle L. Klosterman. ‘Evolving Perspectives of Beginning Science Teachers’.
- 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 Assistance
‘As a beginning teacher, you probably have many questions and concerns. On these pages we have tried to provide you with answers’.
- 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