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’.
- New !
Supporting the Induction of New
‘Guidelines for schools’. Department of Education.
- 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’.
- Updated !
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 New ! Induction and mentoring for new teachers 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
- Updated !
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’.
- New !
- New !
Building quality in teaching and teacher
2016; Nan Bahr, Suzanne Mellor. ‘The publication of this AER is timely as it contemplates and reviews this whole landscape, positions itself most firmly in relation to the issues, and indicates a need for more attention be paid to the ways that can lead to the making of quality teachers’.
- New !
Case-Based Learning for Classroom Ready Teachers : ...
Addressing the Theory Practice Disjunction through Narrative Pedagogy. 2016; Al Strangeways, Lisa Helen Papatraianou. ‘This article describes a mixed-method pilot study on the development and use of an online resource of multi-modal place-based “case-stories” of preservice teachers in Central Australia’.
- New !
Mentoring Beginning Teachers and Goal Setting
2016; Peter Hudson, Sue Hudson. ‘This case study investigated how mentors after involvement in a mentoring professional learning program focused on goal setting with beginning teachers in their schools’.
- New !
Piloting Teacher Education Practicum Partnerships
Teaching Alliances for Professional Practice [TAPP]. 2016; John Leslie Kertesz, Jill Downing. ‘This paper reports on a practicum partnerships pilot project between local schools and a teacher preparation program in a medium sized regional university ’.
- New !
What do we know about early career teacher attrition rates in Australia ?
2016; AITSL. ‘There is a perception in Australia that there is a high attrition rate of teachers both during their initial teacher education and within the first five years of graduation from ITE. If this is correct, there are implications for governments that fund ITE and staffing implications for education sector employers and schools’.
- New !
Crisis in Teaching ? Teacher Supply, Demand, and Shortages in the U.S.
2016; Leib Sutcher, Linda Darling-Hammond, Desiree Carver-Thomas. ‘Recent media reports of teacher shortages across the country are confirmed by the analysis of several national datasets reported in this brief. Shortages are particularly severe in special education, mathematics, science, and bilingual/English earner education. If attrition were reduced by half to rates comparable to those in high-achieving nations, shortages would largely disappear’. USA.
- New !
A Model for Online Support in Classroom Management : ...
Perceptions of Beginning Teachers. 2016; Credence Baker, James Gentry, William Larmer. ‘Participants in the study were beginning teachers at both the elementary and secondary levels. After completing the classroom management workshop, teachers reviewed online video clips of strategies they had learned, applied the strategies in their respective classrooms, and engaged in online discussions of the results obtained’. USA.
- New !
Teaching Experience Increase Teacher Effectiveness ? A Review of the Research
2016; Tara Kini, Anne Podolsky. ‘Do teachers continue to improve in their effectiveness as they gain experience in the teaching profession ? This paper aims to answer that question by critically reviewing recent literature that analyses the effect of teaching experience on student outcomes in K-12 public schools in the United States’. USA.
- New !
Judgementoring and how to avert it : introducing ONSIDE
Mentoring for beginning teachers
2016; Andrew J Hobson. ‘The purpose of this paper is twofold : first, to extend existing knowledge on the nature, reach, causes and consequences of judgementoring; second, to present a new framework for mentoring beginner teachers that has the potential to forestall and combat judgementoring, and enable the full potential of institution-based mentoring to be realised’. UK.
- New !
Learning to Teach
Practice-Based Preparation in Teacher Education. 2016; Amber Benedict, Lynn Holdheide, Mary Brownell, Abigail Marshall Foley. ‘This Special Issues Brief outlines essential features for providing high-quality, structured, and sequenced opportunities to practice within teacher preparation programs. This brief is intended to support states, districts, and educator preparation programs that are striving to prepare and support excellent teachers’. USA
- New !
Lived Experience : Perceptions of Competency of Novice
2017; Pauline Swee Choo Goh, Qismullah Yusuf, Kung Teck Wong. ‘This study bridges the gap of an outsider-insider perspective of competency and captures the essence of what constitutes competency among 18 novice teachers in their own actions performed in real classrooms’. Malaysia.
- New !
The Research We Need in Teacher Education
2016; Maria Teresa Tatto, Gail Richmond, Dorinda J Carter Andrews, ‘Prompted by internal and external criticism, demands for accountability, and an authentic desire to better understand processes associated with learning to teach, the field of teacher education-and more specifically, of teacher preparation is experiencing a vigorous period of change’. USA.
- New !
The Teacher Residency : An Innovative Model for Preparing
2016; Roneeta Guha, Maria E Hyler, Linda Darling-Hammond. ‘Newly emerging teacher residency programs seek to address existing problems by offering an innovative approach to recruiting and retaining high-quality teachers for hard-to-staff schools. This report summarizes the features of these programs and research about their practices and outcomes’. USA.
- New !
What Makes a Good Teacher ?
2017; Zagyváné Szucs Ida. ‘This study presents the results of a research in which we explore the secondary school students’ expectations of a good teacher. We carried out an anonymous questionnaire survey and asked the students to write an essay on the good teacher. The results show that the students assess their teachers in a lot of aspects’. 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.
- New !
TeachersFirst - Newbies
‘Ideas and help for new teachers, those teaching something new, and their mentors. We offer you four basic strategies to get you started’.
- 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.