Department program

Transforming the first years of the teaching career

From 2021 to 2023, up to 700 graduate primary school teachers will have the opportunity to take part in a new program to support graduate teachers.

About the program

Part of the Excellence in Teacher Education reforms

This program is one of four reform areas within the Excellence in Teacher Education (ETE) reforms which is dedicated to the ongoing development of graduate teachers.

Pilot aims

The Pilot will improve graduate teachers' induction experience and develop their professional practice, focusing on the first two years of their teaching career.

Timeframes and delivery

The Pilot will be launched in participating schools at the beginning of the 2021 school year and will run until 2023.

700 graduate teachers will be eligible to participate, this is the equivalent to approximately 12 per cent of new graduate teachers employed in government schools.

Pilot program begins in 2021

In 2021, the first group of 350 graduate teachers will commence their two-year program which will conclude in 2022.

The second group of 350 graduate teachers will commence their two-year program in 2022 which will conclude in 2023.

Participation in the pilot program

Eligible schools

To be involved in the Pilot, graduate teachers will need to be employed by a participating school.

Primary and P-9/P-12 schools within the North Eastern Melbourne, Western Melbourne and Inner Gippsland areas are eligible to participate in the Pilot program. Eligible schools must apply to participate in the Pilot. 

We encourage graduate teachers interested in the Pilot to enquire with schools directly to confirm their participation.

Eligible graduate teachers within these areas

To find out if you are an eligible graduate teacher, see information for graduate teachers.

Find out how your school can participate

If you think your school would be a good fit for the Pilot program, read information for school leaders about time release requirements, funding and how to apply.

Benefits for graduates and mentors

The Pilot will transform the first two years of teaching by ensuring graduate teachers develop the expertise they need early in their careers.

Developing professional practice

The Pilot will focus on developing the professional practice in:

  • transition from Initial Teacher Education (ITE) to the classroom
  • establishing and developing professional identity
  • developing teaching career pathways
  • building professional practice excellence

Working closely with experienced mentors

The Pilot will allow graduate primary school teachers greater opportunity to work with experienced teachers in:

  • peer observation and feedback
  • lesson planning and development of classroom materials
  • classroom management skills
  • assessing students and analysing assessment data
  • preparing for and meeting with parent/carers
  • development of well-being strategies

This program will be delivered through newly established alliances of primary schools, which will connect with graduates and mentors, enable collaborative learning and leverage expertise within the system.

Targeted professional learning

The professional learning included in the Pilot will build capability in important areas, such as:

  • behaviour management strategies
  • assessing and analysing student learning data
  • professional health and wellbeing
  • supporting students with additional needs.

The professional learning will also build an understanding of Department priorities and how these can improve teachers’ professional practice, including using the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes.

The professional learning program will involve a blended learning environment to seamlessly support graduate teachers over their two-year learning journey.

Funding and support

Funding will provide for 700 graduate teachers’ to participate in the Pilot.

In 2021, the first group of 350 graduate teachers will start their two-year program which will conclude in 2022. The second group of graduate teachers will start their two-year program in 2022, concluding in 2023.

Pilot schools will receive funding to employ teaching staff to cover the release of graduate teachers and mentors from face-to-face teaching duties. Funding should be used to employ additional classroom teachers to counteract the reduction in teaching time provided to graduate teachers and their mentors. This is a specific measure to ensure continuity of staffing supports student learning outcomes. 

Leading teachers and educational support staff will be recruited to assist schools with professional learning, implementation and administration of the Pilot arrangements.

The Pilot includes dedicated staff to help schools with implementation, making it easier for schools and principals to transition to the Pilot arrangements.

The Department will help schools with workforce planning, preparation and timetabling.

Leading teachers and education support staff will coordinate and deliver high quality professional learning, coordinate mentoring for graduate teachers and will assist schools in establishing alliances.

A breakdown of funding rates and how this will be included in the Student Resource Package is available as part of the information for school leaders.

Connections with other graduate teachers involved in the pilot

There are opportunities for you to meet and connect with other graduate teachers, for more information see information for graduate teachers.

Upcoming resources

Additional resources under development

In the lead-up to the Pilot implementation in 2021:

  • guidelines will be produced and distributed to participating schools
  • a program of professional learning (face-to-face workshops, online modules and webinars) will commence for graduates and mentors in February 2021
  • school alliances will be established from February 2021 to connect graduates and mentors across schools.