A well-prepared and comprehensive welcome and school orientation helps staff quickly understand the responsibilities of their new role, the expectations upon them and where to source support if required. The pre-commencement phase contains the following elements
School based induction should be inclusive, supportive and occur in a timely manner and should include:
- Referral to the New Staff page on INDEX;
- Information on the school mission, vision and brand;
- Mentor/supervisor introductions; and
- Directorate and School orientation.
Mandatory On-Line Training Courses (school network only)
In the spirit of being a ‘Leading Learning Organisation, where our people matter’ we are committed to providing Education Directorate staff with access to professional learning opportunities to assist and support you with your work.
What is Online Training?
The Directorate has partnered with the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) to develop online learning for our employees. Our online learning platform, allows you to access Directorate specific training in areas relevant to your work.
From Term 3, 2019, we will be launching a range of mandatory online learning modules across a variety of topics for all staff to complete:
- Workplace Health and Safety
- Occupational Violence
- Reportable Conduct
- Risk Management
- Keeping Children and Young People Safe
- Domestic and Family Violence
- Disability Awareness
- Code of Professional Practice
- Workplace Bullying
These modules will provide important information that will ensure that you both understand your obligations and are compliant in your day to day duties. Importantly, they will highlight the avenues for support available to you and they will assist us all in creating a safer work environment for both staff and students.
How do I Log-on and Learn?
Online learning modules will be accessed through our online learning platform. More information and guidance on how to access the platform will be provided closer to the launch.
Please keep an eye out for future messaging and instructions on how you can Log-on and Learn.
I want to know more!
If you have any questions or want to know more, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (736kb) page to learn more.
If you have any questions about our online learning modules please refer to our FAQs or alternatively contact EducationHRStrategy@act.gov.au
During the initial stages of employment, and in particular the first month, new staff require additional support in their role to foster professional development. This may include specific details about processes, tasks and equipment.
Some staff may need additional training as part of their induction. In the Laying Foundations phase new staff can expect:
- The establishment of a supervisory panel to assist with teacher registration and probation requirements.
- Collaborative planning and information on school processes and procedures.
- Protocols for communicating with parents/carers, media and outside agencies.
Continued Professional Growth
New teachers require ongoing and sustained support to develop their professional practice. Continued professional growth is guided by identified individual professional learning needs, and is planned using feedback from annual professional discussions, probation and contract assessments and pathways plans.
Schools will provide new teachers with opportunities to participate in and engage with professional learning communities in order to build capacity and improve student learning. School-based professional learning is expected to be of the highest quality, in accordance with the ACT Teacher Quality Institute Act 2010 and associated Regulations, Directions and procedures.
To assist you with your personal development, the Education Directorate conducts various professional learning and development courses throughout the year. You can browse the Professional Learning Calendar for details of the available courses and training modules.
A checklist summarizing the 3 steps of Pre-commencement, Laying Foundations and Sustained Professional Growth can be found here.
Teacher Induction Guide (57 kb)
The Directorate offers targeted professional learning for new teachers and learning support assistants to develop their capability to meet the needs of students with complex needs and challenging behaviours and/or disability.
Student Wellbeing Phone: 6205 7029 or Email: ETDStudentWellbeing@act.gov.au