Information for principals
Principals and school leaders play an essential role in local induction for teachers.
You can assist with the induction of new teachers to your school by:
- contacting teachers prior to arrival at the school to plan and clarify important information
- providing a school-specific welcome pack for new teachers
- providing school and community specific local induction supported by formalised mentoring.
Welcome packs can be tailored to suit the role of individual teachers. They may be provided on arrival or emailed to the teacher before commencing at the school.
What to include in a welcome pack
- a welcome letter
- previous school newsletter/s
- information about the school including any relevant strategic and implementation plans
- school procedures and policies
- plan of the school
- organisational chart – photos of key personnel can help
- school structures – key committees and decision-making processes
- professional learning communities operating within the school
- employment conditions
- where to report, and to whom, on the first day
- job description
- key school policies and emergency procedures
- calendar of school events and holiday dates
- daily routines including arrival and departure times, staff meetings, yard duty.
You can support new teachers by:
- providing a mentor
- assisting them to understand and engage with teacher probation processes to meet Teacher Registration Board requirements
- working with the new teacher to establish and maintain their performance and development plan
- scheduling regular times to meet and check if there are any issues or needs
- providing opportunities for feedback.