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ACSA Webinars
Term 3

Michael Smith, Deputy Principal, Marsden State High School

Early career teacher wellbeing

Tuesday 10 August 2021 7-8pm AEST

Michael Smith

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Regardless of which statistics you use, there is a significant teacher attrition issue for Early Career Teachers. Research has indicated that issues associated with Wellbeing feature prominently in why a beginning teacher leaves the profession. A good teacher support program will always assist in retention of an Early Career Teacher, especially a program that brings teacher wellbeing to the fore.

With so much on an Early Career Teacher's plate, the increased pressures can steadily mount and a previously thriving Early Career Teacher can quickly begin to feel like they are barely keeping their head above water. Without some deliberate actions from the school, this can very quickly turn into an otherwise confident person leaving the profession with no intention of returning.

This session, Michael will look at some of the ideas that can be used to work with an early career teacher to assist in alleviating some of the work stresses and pressures that can slowly build up over time. While mentoring will be covered in this session, the focus will be more about explicit wellbeing elements that can be used in a program.

AITSL Standards Addressed:
6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 7.1, 7.2, 7.4. This session will cover all three domains for the AITSL standards using the HAT standards. This session will also cover elements of the Australian Professional Standards for Principals particularly around the "Developing Self and Others" focus area.

Why should you attend?
Whether a beginning teacher or a school leader, you should attend to build your knowledge on what wellbeing can look like whether you are the one being mentored, the one doing the mentoring or the one leading an early career program.

What will you learn?
What Early Career Wellbeing can look like in a teacher support program.

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