Tips for the year ahead

Your first few years in the profession can be exciting as you embark on developing your craft as an educator and build relationships with staff and students. The initial years can also be daunting, as you familiarise yourself with the responsibilities of being a teacher. However, there is support and information available to help you navigate your first years as a teacher and beyond.


Behaviour management skills are one of the most important attributes a teacher can have to foster an effective learning environment. In the beginning, when you’re still establishing your behaviour management skills, some students and classes may prove challenging. In these situations, seek support from your mentor or experienced colleagues and observe their lessons for ideas and inspiration. Be proactive about familiarising yourself with your school’s behaviour management approach, reinforcing expectations so that students understand them, and consequences are fair and consistent.

If you’re looking to learn more about behaviour management strategies, Federation’s library has many resources dedicated to the topic.

A teacher should never feel unsafe in their workplace and members are encouraged to call Federation’s Professional Support line on 1300 654 367 for confidential advice.


If you are in your first or second year of teaching and hold a permanent position or are in your first year of teaching and are on a one-year temporary engagement, you are likely to be eligible for Beginning Teacher Support Funding. This funding should generally be used for extra release time to facilitate planning and collaboration with your mentor. If you believe you are entitled to funding but are having trouble accessing it, the full policy is available on the Department’s website and you can call Federation’s Professional Support line for advice.


Federation’s free beginning teacher conferences and courses for early career members offer essential information about workplace entitlements (including Beginning Teacher Support Funding), NESA accreditation, Aboriginal education, behaviour management and differentiating instruction. The union’s Centre for Professional Learning (CPL) provides high quality professional learning, through the Journal of Professional Learning (JPL), CPL Podcast and NESA-accredited courses and conferences.


When starting at your new school, introduce yourself to the Federation Representative and Women’s Contact.

You can develop professional networks at local association meetings, for support on issues relating to your school or work, the latest statewide campaign information and direct access to your Organiser.

Dates and locations of your next Association meeting can be found via the Events calendar on our website.