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Support for beginning teachers

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Congratulations! You’ve been appointed to your first teaching role and you’re preparing for your first class. You will remember these early days for the remainder of your teaching career.

The fact is that beginning your career as a teacher will sometimes feel daunting. You’ll be building relationships with your students and their parents and carers, as well as your colleagues and the school community.

Before you start

We’ve put together a useful website to help with your beginning teacher induction. You’ll find all the information you’ll need to get started in your teaching career, including some orientation checklists to guide you on what to do before you start, on your first day and week, as well as procedures for your school and relocation.

Beginning Teacher Induction Conference

Each year, our education regions host a Beginning Teacher Induction Conference. This is a great way for you to meet other beginning teachers and obtain information and resources to support your transition into teaching. Once you're employed with us, we encourage you to talk to your school principal and/or contact your region HR beginning teacher representative to learn more about the induction conference for your region. Alternatively, you can direct your enquiry to the Learning and Professional Development team at LearningandPD.HUMANRES@qed.qld.gov.au 

Teacher networking events

One of the most valuable things you can do throughout your career is to build your networks. While you settle into your new school, local networking events are a great way to meet other beginning teachers and build more connections to complement school induction programs.

Professional learning and support

As a beginning teacher, you’ll have access to a range of additional programs that will provide you with valuable professional learning and well-being support to help you as a beginning teacher. The format of these programs can vary so your Principal will be able to advise you on what is available in your area.

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Starting your career as a teacher

There are many structures in place to help graduate teachers. Joel reflects on his time as a beginning teacher at Denison State School in Emerald, Queensland and the support he received from the department.

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Last updated 14 January 2020