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
- New !
Analysing mentoring practices to understand how a preservice teacher reflects on practice
to advance teaching
2012; Tracey Sempowicz, Peter Hudson. ‘Uses feedback practices outlined within a five-factor mentoring model to analyse dialogue between a mentor and her respective mentee during different stages in their school-based programs’.
- New !
A Partnership in Induction and Mentoring :
Noticing How we Improve Our Practice
2010; Julianne Moss. ‘Focuses on the induction and mentoring of early career teachers. The context is a suburban primary school in Victoria, Australia, as the school develops mentoring networks for graduate and beginning teachers’.
- New !
Becoming a Teacher and Staying One …
2011; Margaret Plunkett, Michael Dyson. ‘Examining the complex ecologies associated with educating and retaining new teachers in rural Australia’.
- Beginning Teacher Support in Australia : Towards an Online
Community to Augment Current Support
2014; Nick Kelly, Shirley Reushle, Sayan Chakrabarty, Anna Kinnane. ‘Describes opportunities to improve the current support provided to beginning teachers in Australia’.
- New !
Improving Teacher Induction in Australian Schools
2014; Curriculum & Leadership Journal. ‘The article is based on extracts from the report Building the Right Foundation : Improving Teacher Induction in Australian Schools’.
- New !
“I’m tentatively teaching”
Crossing the border from student of teaching to teacher of students. 2009; Marilyn Pietsch, John Williamson. ‘Explore[s] the experiences of early career casual teachers and investigated the effect of fragmented employment contexts on the process of developing professional knowledge and practical competence in the first two years of teaching’.
- New !
Preparing teachers for rural and
regional settings : the RRRTEC Project
2011; Simone White. ‘The project takes a fresh approach to the preparation of teachers for non-metropolitan settings, by helping prepare teachers not just for the school and classroom but also for life in rural and regional communities’.
- New !
Preparing Teachers : The Importance of Connecting Contexts in Teacher
2013; Misty Adoniou. ‘ In this article a model is presented that describes four contexts crucial to the preparation of teachers : the personal, the university, the practicum and the employment contexts.’.
- New !
Seeing is Believing : The Benefits of Peer Observation
2012; Graham D Hendry, Gary R Oliver. ‘In this study, lecturers completing a Foundations program in university learning and teaching were interviewed about their experience of participating in a reciprocl peer observation lesson’.
- New !
Supporting Novice Teachers of the Arts
2010; Susanne Garvis, Donna Pendergast. ‘Examines and reports on beginning generalist teacher self-efficacy, which Bandura  suggests plays an important part in student outcomes’.
- New !
Teacher Identity and Early Career Resilience :
Exploring the Links
2011; Jane pearce, Chad Morrison. ‘Explored the impact of professional, individual and relational conditions on the resilience of early career teachers revealed the importance of understanding how they engage in the formation of professional identities’.
- New !
Teacher Retention and Attrition : Views of Early
2013; John Buchanan, Anne Prescott, et al. ‘Reports on an aspect of a large-scale longitudinal study on early career teachers’ decisions to remain in or leave the profession’.
- New !
The Early Career
Teacher Support Project
2011; CESA. Background, links to video clips, more.
- New !
A Better System for
SchoolsDeveloping, Supporting and Retaining Effective Teachers. 2010; Barnett Berry, Alesha Daughtrey,
‘Explore[s] what it really takes to accomplish the goals of developing, supporting, and retaining effective teachers’.
- New !
Beginning Teacher Induction : What the Data
2012; Richard M Ingersoll. ‘Induction is an education reform whose time has come’ USA..
- New !
Characteristics of Teacher Induction Programs and Turnover Rates of Beginning Teachers
2012; Seok Kang, David Berliner. ‘Analysis revealed that three induction activities are beneficial in significantly reducing turnover rates for beginning teachers : seminars, common planning time, and extra classroom assistance’. USA.
- New !
Navigating the Waters of Teacher Induction :
One Beginning Teacher’s Journey
2009; Amy Broemmel, Elizabeth Swaggerty, Dana McIntosh. ‘Explores the ways in which one teacher intern reflected upon her knowledge and experiences within two sometimes dichotomous domains : the elementary school classrooms in which she taught and her university coursework’.
- New !
Starting out in teaching : Surviving or thriving as a new
2007; Marie Cameron, Susan Lovett, Jennifer Garvey Berger. ‘We were interested in what teachers in their third year of teaching recalled about their two-year period of induction to teaching’. New Zealand.
- New !
Struggles and Strategies in Teaching : Voices of
Five Novice Secondary Teachers
2011; Ye He, Jewell Cooper. ‘We followed five secondary preservice teachers for two years during their teacher education program and their first year of teaching’. USA.
- New !
Teacher Retention : Problems and Solutions
2009; Sidney E. McLaurin, Willis Smith, Amanda Smillie. ‘The purpose of this paper is to answer the following questions : What contributes to teachers leaving the field ? … What can be done to retain good teachers ? What impact do school administrators have on teacher retention ?’.
- New !
The Experience of New Teachers. Results from Talis 2008
2012; OECD‘Examines the working lives of new teachers through the Talis 2008 survey of lower-secondary teachers and schools. New teachers are defined as having two years or less of teaching experience’. International.
- New !
The Impact of Induction and Mentoring Programs for Beginning Teachers :
2011; Richard Ingersoll, Michael Strong. ‘A Critical Review of the Research’. USA.
- 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