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.
- 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
- Mentoring Beginning Teachers
Program [Beginning Teacher Handbook]
‘The purpose of this document is to provide beginning teachers with an overview about the Mentoring Beginning Teachers program and should be used in consultation with a mentor’.
- New and Beginning Teachers
Information and links.
- Review of
Teacher Education and Induction Project
Two reports plus a government response are available.
QCT has videos on Beginning to Teach Years 1 and 3.
- Early Career Teacher
This includes a section on Induction plus services offered to early career teachers.
- Early Career Teachers [DECD Facebook]
‘We invite Early Career Teachers to use the page to stay in touch with events and resources, share classroom ideas and work together to discuss issues that arise in teacher’s day to day work’.
- Early Career Teachers : Preparing for the Profession [DECD]
‘Tells the story of a group of early career teachers working in the Barossa Valley during their first year out of university’.
- Induction checklist : DECD Sites
- 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
- Beginning Teacher’s
‘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’.
- 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
- Adventurous Lives : Teacher Qualities for 21st Century
2016; Faulkner, Julie and Latham, Gloria. ‘In this paper, the authors turn their attention to the importance of teachers’ lives and mindsets to meet current, emerging and future challenges’.
- A Retrospective Appraisal of Teacher Induction
2016; Nasser-Abu Alhija, Fadia M and Fresko, Barbara. ‘Examination of an induction program for new teachers was undertaken from the viewpoint of induction graduates three years after participation’.
- Drawing identity : Beginning pre-service teachers’
2015; Beltman, Susan; Glass, Christine; et al. ‘This paper reports a study focusing on beginning pre-service teachers as they imagine, and graphically represent, the teacher they hope to become. It discusses the themes emerging from these drawings as teachers at the very beginning of their career journey imagine the identity they see for themselves’.
- Examining Changes in Pre-Service Teachers’ Beliefs
2016; Sheridan, Lynn. ‘This research focuses on monitoring the pedagogical beliefs of a cohort of pre-service teachers’ pre-existing pedagogical beliefs on important/relevant pedagogy for secondary teaching and how these beliefs changed over the course of their degree’.
- Growing Great Teachers
2013; Social ventures Australia. ‘This review of literature is intended to make a contribution to the Growing Great Teachers project in several ways, each of which is a normal expectation for a review of literature in research and evaluation’.
- Lessons learnt from dancing the
data : Performed research of beginning teachers’ experiences
2015; Ludecke, Michelle. ‘This paper explores the process of creating and presenting arts-based research to expand the avenues through which the results of research are made available to a relevant audience’.
- Research Agenda for Initial
Teacher Education in Australia
2015; AITSL. ‘This Research Agenda describes research priorities for initial teacher education in Australia, and the actions the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership will take to achieve them’.
- Retaining quality early career teachers
Some lessons from the international literature in the Australian context. 2014; Preston, Barbara. ‘This paper is part of a symposium in which other papers explore the views and experiences of early career teachers and school leaders regarding how schools attract, recruit and retain quality teachers’.
- Understanding beginning teacher induction
A contextualized examination of best practice. 2014; Kearney, Sean. ‘ The problems that teachers face early in their careers are a major factor in growing rates of attrition among neophyte teachers. Recommendations are made, specifically in the Australian context, which could help to improve induction practices to better acculturate neophyte teachers to their profession’.
- Early Career Teacher Attrition : Problems,
2012; Centre for Research for Teacher Education and Development, University of Alberta. ‘A two-year project to explore the experiences of early career teachers in Alberta, with particular attention to the issue of early career teacher attrition’. Canada.
- Keeping New
A First Look at the Influences of Induction in the Chicago Public Schools. 2007; ‘Many districts, including Chicago, are using induction programming to help new teachers develop the skills they will need to have a positive experience and stay in the profession’. USA.
- Research on mentor education for mentors of newly qualified teachers
2015; Aspfors, Jennifer and Fransson, Göran. ‘The aim of this meta-synthesis is to deepen the understanding and knowledge of qualitative research focusing on education for mentors of newly qualified teachers’. Europe.
- Retention and Satisfaction of Novice Teachers : Lessons from
a School Reform Model
2016; Glennie, Elizabeth J; Mason, Marcinda; Edmunds, Julie A. ‘In many countries, novice teachers, or those with fewer than four years of experience, have a higher turnover rate than do more experienced teachers. Using teacher employment data, we examine whether schools in an American whole-school reform model are better able to retain novice teachers’. USA.
- 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.
- What Are the Effects of Teacher
Education and Preparation on Beginning Teacher Attrition ?
2014; Ingersoll, Richard; Merrill, Lisa; May, Henry. ‘This study addresses the question: Do the kinds and amounts of pre-service education and preparation that beginning teachers receive before they start teaching have any impact on whether they leave teaching ? We examine a wide range of measures of teachers’ subject matter, education and pedagogical preparation’. USA.
Five Questions New Teachers Should Ask [and Schools Should Be Able to Answer]
Written by an American teacher in August 2016. As she says, ‘make a point to ask these key questions’.
- 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.
- Australian Guidelines for Teacher Induction into the Profession
‘Entering the classroom for the first time is both an exciting and a challenging experience for beginning teachers. Effective induction can ease this transition, as well as help strengthen a beginning teacher’s impact on students’.
- Building the right foundation : Improving teacher
induction in Australian schools
‘This report was developed to provide a meta-analysis of the key research in the area of new teacher induction’. Contains three major sections.
- Initial Teacher Education : Data Report 2015 [AITSL]
‘This is the third edition of the Initial Teacher Education : Data Report’.
- School Leadership eCollection Featured Reading List
August 2016 - Induction of new teachers. ‘Discover a range of viewpoints on how leaders can support new staff to make the best start’.
- School Leadership eCollection - Induction
A small series of reports, interviews, articlers about induction processes for new staff.
- 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.