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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

  • Updated ! FAQs
    From how to apply, to placement.
  • Updated ! 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 Updated ! Professional Learning page.
  • Updated ! 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.
  • 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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South Australia


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  • 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
    ‘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 Teaching Excellence
    ‘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 Teachers
    ‘Newly qualified teachers with provisional registration can access information and resources required to apply for full registration’.
  • Teaching Academies of Professional Practice
    ‘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’.

Western Australia

  • 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 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.
  • Benefits and Support
    ‘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’.

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Other Information

Books & Other Publications

  • New ! Beginning Teacher’s Handbook
    ‘takes you through the challenges you will face in joining a school community, establishing positive relationships with parents from day one, and engaging the students you are given’. Fee-based.
  • New Teacher’s Kit
    ‘The New Teacher’s Kit is a complete set of downloadable, printable resources and classroom strategies’.
  • Updated ! New-Teacher Toolbox
    US, but still applicable. Available through Amazon. Partly available through Google Books.

General Sites

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Research, Reports & Surveys



  • 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 across Institutions
    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.

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  • Updated ! 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’.
  • Updated ! 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.

Survival Guides

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