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This page has information on the department's central orientation program and local induction for remote teachers.
If you are a graduate teacher, new to the Northern Territory or a recommencing teacher (returning after 3 years or more), you will be involved in a central orientation program to help you transition into your position.
The program provides you with an opportunity for professional networking and to learn more about living and working in remote Northern Territory communities.
You will also learn more about the department’s resources, support services and strategic initiatives.
The program includes four-wheel drive training and interactive workshops with a focus on cultural awareness.
You will discuss best practice strategies and pedagogy for teaching Indigenous students as well as curriculum, assessment and reporting expectations.
You will be further supported through a local induction when you arrive in the community.
Your local induction will begin with an introduction to the community, to local people, places, expectations and practices. You will also be introduced to school priorities, policies, procedures, processes and routines.
This is a perfect time to meet the teaching team to discuss ways you can learn, plan, teach and assess together.
Talking with local Indigenous teachers, assistant teachers and community members will help you learn about students, the community and culture.
Your induction will continue and be supported through mentoring and professional learning.
The duration of local induction will depend on your career stage and needs.
To learn more about local induction read the information for principals section.
What to expect
The purpose of local induction is to:
- introduce you to the school, community and working culture
- clarify your role and responsibilities
- inform you about the teaching context and student cohort
- develop your team teaching skills and practices
- establish and formalise your mentoring relationship
- assist you to develop your teaching practice against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
- support you to understand and collect evidence to meet the professional requirements set out by the Teacher Registration Board of the Northern Territory
- identify opportunities to help maintain your wellbeing and build your professional identity.
Working in teams online resources
The Working in Teams course is based on the work of Beth Graham Team Teaching in Aboriginal Schools (1986) and Working in Teams in Indigenous schools in the NT, NTDET (1999). You can access these resources to develop your understanding of team teaching in remote schools. The training is comprised of
- Working in teams
- Learning together
- Planning together
- Teaching and assessing together
- Curriculum resources: Learning Links
- OnLine Training for special education teachers
- IT resources, policies, procedures and guidelines
- Department of Education Work Health and Safety staff site.
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The following links or documents can help you with your orientation and induction:
Some of the links and documents are on the department's intranet site. You will need an NTSchools account to access the intranet. Read more about registering for an NTSchools account.
Go to the Teacher Registration Board of the Northern Territory website for information on professional standards and ethics.