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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. 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’.

Northern Territory

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Queensland

South Australia

Tasmania

  • 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
    Information about registration and employment.

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Victoria

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

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Research, Reports & Surveys

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Resources

Survival Guides

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