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 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.
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Beginning Teachers Support Funding Policy
‘States the department’s policy for the provision of funding support to schools for eligible permanent and temporary beginning teachers’.
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Casual and Temporary
‘The majority of teachers commence their careers in the NSW public education system as casual or temporary teachers. Whether employed on a day-to-day basis or in blocks, they carry out a vital role in public schools throughout NSW’.
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Further support for in-school mentors
‘These resources support in-school mentors and provide effective practice focused support to beginning teachers ’.
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Quality induction with Strong start,
‘Quality induction gives beginning teachers a strong start. It supports them to become capable and confident teachers, intent on maximising the learning outcomes of their students’.
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Support for the development of beginning
teachers’ key practices
‘The following table identifies some of these areas of practice, the Standard Descriptors and where to find support to develop the practice’.
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Teacher induction and Probation
‘During your first year of a career in teaching, induction plays a critical role in supporting your development as a capable and confident professional.
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‘The Handbook will contain the current conditions of employment for teachers in the Teaching Service, and list their responsibilities’.
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Teaching at a new school
‘Your first appointment at a new school as a permanent, temporary or casual teacher will provide you with some special opportunities and challenges’.
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The Department’s 5C model of
‘Quality induction customises support to needs. It connects teachers according to these needs and focuses on context, curriculum and the classroom. The 5C model is centred on these key components’.
- Professional Pathways
Catholic Education Office. Includes information on Orientation and Induction of staff.
- Teacher Registration Board
- Beginning Teacher
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
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
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.
Career Teacher Program [CESA]
This includes a section on Induction plus services offered to early career teachers.
- Early Career Teachers [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
‘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.
- Effective Mentoring
‘The Effective Mentoring Program is a joint initiative run in partnership between the Department of Education and Training and the Victorian Institute of Teaching’. Victorian Institute of Teachingsite for this program is found at this link. A Reflective Guide to Mentoring is found here.
- Guide for Beginning Teachers
The document includes information from your welcome, Orientation Day through to mentoring and professional learning.
- Initial Teacher
‘The single most important thing we can do to improve student outcomes is to improve the quality of teaching and learning in every classroom. Teachers play a pivotal role in building the Education State and are at the core of workplace reform’.
Select one of the two options for either teacher or principals. Select the eppropriate section on this page. Use the internal link or download the Guide for beginning Teachers.
- Principals Induction Guide for 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’.
- Strengthening Induction Practices and Mentoring Programs
- Supporting Provisionally
‘Newly qualified teachers with provisional registration can access information and resources required to apply for full registration’.
- Teaching Academy of
‘The cross-sectoral Teaching Academies of Professional Practice, for example, involve clusters of schools partnering with higher education institutions to deliver an immersive preparation experience for pre-service teachers and strengthen the links between theory, research and practice to enhance course effectiveness’.
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’.
Benefits and Support
‘You have access to a variety of employee benefits and support services’.
- 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.
- LEAP Program
Links to information.
- 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
‘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
‘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’. Article describing this process.
Research, Reports & Surveys
Action Now : Classroom ready teachers
2014; Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group. ‘Initial teacher education in Australia has been the subject of a large number of reviews, but the outcomes have had limited impact on the policy and practice of developing new teachers. The goal of the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group is to provide strong, implementable options to initiate genuine national reform’.
- 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’. PDF download.
- Building the right foundation : Improving
teacher induction in Australian schools
2014; Hay Group, AITSL. ‘This report was developed to provide a meta-analysis of the key research in the area of new teacher induction’. Contains three major sections.
- Early Career Teachers’ Perceptions of Their
Preparedness To Teach “Diverse Learners” : ...
Insights from an Australian Research Project. 2017; Leonie Rowan, Jodie Kline, Diane Mayer. ‘In 2012, early career teachers in Queensland and Victoria (Australia) were invited to complete the Studying the Effectiveness of Teacher Education graduate survey. The survey included a “Preparation for Teaching Scale” that provided opportunities to selfreport on how well their teacher education program prepared them for 46 areas of work. This paper presents and analyses these results in order to identify implications for schools, teachers and teacher education’.
- How Can Schools Support Beginning Teachers ?
A Call for Timely Induction and Mentoring for Effective Teaching. 2012, Peter Hudson. ‘Uses a survey, questionnaire, and interviews to investigate 10 beginning teachers’ needs towards becoming effective teachers in their first year of teaching’.
Induction of beginning teachers in Australia – What do early career teachers say ?
Spotlight - AITSL. ‘There is broad agreement in the education sector around the value of induction as a support for beginning teachers, but less clarity about how to best implement it in practice. Early career teachers’ perspectives on their actual induction experiences provide important feedback for the profession and an opportunity to increase the effectiveness of induction practice’.
- Mentoring Beginning Teachers and Goal
2016; Peter Hudson, Sue Hudson. ‘Australia has delineated a new direction for teacher education by embedding mentoring programs for teachers who support early-careers teachers as a system approach. This case study investigated how mentors after involvement in a mentoring professional learning program focused on goal setting with beginning teachers in their schools’.
- Professional Knowledge and Standards-Based Reforms
Learning from the Experiences of Early Career Teachers. 2014; Andrea Allard. ‘This article explores the paradoxical situation of early career teachers in this era of standards-based reforms, beginning with the experiences of an English teacher working in a state school in Queensland, Australia and expanding to consider the viewpoints of her colleagues’.
What do we know about early career teacher attrition rates in Australia ?
2016; Spotlight - 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 initial teacher education. The impact of attrition may be the loss of quality teaching graduates, which could in turn impact the development of a strong workforce of experienced, high calibre teachers – critical for student outcomes’.
- Areas of mentoring needs of novice and
2017; Nilgün Dag, Mehmet Hayri Sari. ‘This research on mentoring phenomenon aims at putting forth the areas of mentoring need for novice and preservice teachers. The research was conducted with primary teachers with one to five years of experience in his/her occupation as well as candidate teachers who haven’t started service yet. The data was collected through interviews with novice and preservice teachers’. Turkey.
- Challenges for New Teachers and Ways of Coping
2017; Samantha L Dias-Lacy, Ruth V Guirguis. ‘The first year of a teacher’s career can determine their longevity within the field of education. The results of this study indicate that a first year teacher may feel stress, lack appropriate support, and may feel unprepared to handle behavioural and academic issues among their students. Based on the literature review, the implementation of mentoring programs between new and experienced teachers not only benefited novice teachers but guided them to cope and face the anxieties during the first year in the classroom’. USA.
- Development and Validation of a Novice Teacher
and Supervisor Survey
2017; Matthew Finster. ‘The Novice Teacher and Novice Teacher Supervisor Surveys assess how well prepared novice teachers are to meet the job requirements of teaching. The surveys are designed to provide educator preparation programs with information that can be used to enable program improvement, provide information for consumers, and/or ensure program accountability [Feuer, Floden, Chudowsky, & Ahn, 2013]’. USA.
- Early Career Teacher Attrition :
Problems, Possibilities, Potentials
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.
- Lived Experience : Perceptions of Competency of
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.
- Mitigating First Year Burnout : ...
How Reimagined Partnerships Could Support Urban Middle Level Teachers. 2017; Stephanie Behm Cross, Clarice Thomas. ‘Given what we know about new teacher attrition - most teachers leave within their first five years in the field — specialised support during early years of teaching is critical. This essay describes steps taken to design a cross - institutional, collaborative three-year residency program for K-8 educators, and speaks to the importance of reimagined co-teaching, critical, and cross-institutional partnerships in middle grades teacher education’. USA.
- 10 First-Year Teacher Myths
and How to Avoid Them
‘Behold the 10 myths I believed as a new teacher. And the realities I now believe to be true’. USA
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A Checklist for Beginning Teachers
Alberta Teachers’ Association, Canada. Simple, thought provoking, full of common sense.
- 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’.
- 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.
- Graduate to Proficient
Australian guidelines for teacher induction into the profession. ‘The guidelines for teacher induction into the profession, frame support for beginning teachers to make the transition from the Graduate to the Proficient Career Stage, based on the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers’.
- Initial Teacher
Education : Data Report 2016 [AITSL]
‘This report brings together the available data on initial teacher education [ITE] in Australia. It includes information on ITE students and graduates, as well as ITE institutions and programs’. PDF download available.
- Prepare for Practice
‘Whether you’re a pre-service teacher or a recent graduate, these resources are designed to help you prepare for your teaching practice’.
on your Leadership
‘Reflecting on where you are now and how to move forward can help you improve your leadership practice. Our self-assessment and reflection tools allow you to explore your leadership and plan your pathway towards improvement’.
- Research on Induction Best Practice
Annotated Bibliography, Induction environment scan, case studies, videos, more.
- School Leadership eCollection
A small series of reports, interviews, articles about induction processes for new staff. This page has been archived.
- Start your Career
‘Your first years as a teacher can be as challenging as they are rewarding, so it's important that you receive the right support and guidance to develop your skills. Our resources can help you get used to the classroom and improve your practice as you transition to the Proficient career stage’.
- Support New Teachers
‘Providing quality induction and support is critical to improving learner outcomes and developing the teacher's skills at the start of their career’. Includes video, case studies and more.
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Mentoring Beginning Teachers
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
- Back-to-School Guide For Beginning
‘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
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’.
- Updated ! Survival Guide For New Academics at UTS
Applies to teachers at university level. PDF download available. Many topics covered. Also visit their Information for new staff page.