Beginning Teacher Support Funding supports the induction and professional development of beginning teachers, as guided by the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. It is available to eligible permanent and temporary teachers.
Principals of schools receiving funds for beginning teachers are accountable for their use in accordance with the following four conditions:
- beginning teachers have reduced responsibilities or teaching loads sufficient to support the development of their skills
- beginning teachers are provided with ongoing feedback and support that is embedded in the collaborative practices of the school
- mentoring structures and collaborative practices support beginning teachers within the school or across a cluster of schools, and any teacher mentors have access to specific training and flexibility in their teaching responsibilities to support classroom observation and provide structured feedback
- beginning teachers have access to professional learning that focuses on classroom and behaviour management, strategies to build student engagement, collaborative professional practices within the school and productive relationships with parents and caregivers.
Beginning Teacher Support Funding applies to classroom teachers who require mandatory accreditation only and does not apply to teaching or non-teaching executives or principals.