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Summer School for our new teachers

Learning is at the heart of education. As teachers step into the classroom for the first time, they are supported by an extensive education fraternity.

Today we are running our first Summer School for new and early career teachers.

This exciting initiative aims to better support teachers in the early years of their careers to ensure great outcomes, experiences and satisfaction.

One of the goals under our strategic plan is that Education is a great place to work, where students are at the centre and our people are at the heart of everything we do. To put this into action we want to ensure all teachers are supported from the beginning of their career to flourish with us and continue to grow and improve every year.

The Summer School 2019 builds on our commitment to early career teachers and the value we place on their contribution and role in transforming the lives of hundreds of thousands of children and young people every year.

Mentoring is the key to this program, and I’d like to thank our experienced teachers who have offered their time, knowledge and skills to supporting our early career teachers. I know the advice, insights and friendship they offer will complement the guidance each principal provides.

Learning is at the heart of Education. Through the Summer School 2019 – and the early career teacher program more broadly – beginning teachers will have access to a suite of professional learning resources to refresh essential skills and knowledge, increase understanding and management of student behaviours and reinforce the value of knowing each and every student.

The program will support new staff with a range of classroom strategies to support student wellbeing and build engagement in an inclusive environment.

The NSW Department of Education’s purpose is to prepare young people to lead rewarding lives as engaged citizens in a complex and dynamic society – and that requires us to invest in our people so they have the skills and expertise to support this shared purpose.

We have a goal to ensure all children make a strong start in life and learning and make a successful transition to school – and for this to be realised, we know the transition into teaching at school also needs to be successful.

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Mark Scott

About the Secretary

Mark Scott is Secretary of the Department of Education. He has worked as a teacher, in public administration and as a journalist and media executive. He is committed to public education and learning environments where every child can flourish.

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