Your role and responsibilities – During a placement

You are called a pre-service teacher in all policies, information booklets and communication strategies between the university and other stakeholders during professional experience placements because you are welcomed into educational settings as a beginning professional.

Your role in this context means that you have responsibilities that include:

  • Demonstrating professional conduct;
  • Committing to professional learning; and
  • Completing all procedures for managing and finalising your placement.

These responsibilities are explained in more detail in the following sections.

Professional Conduct

You have responsibility for maintaining a high standard of professional conduct in all of your interactions with site coordinators, supervising teachers, other school / site personnel, parents, members of the school community and students or young learners.

At all times, pre-service teachers are expected to comply with the Code of Conduct for the particular learning site and follow all expectations that apply to staff members. In particular, pre-service teachers are expected to:

  • Treat individual learners with dignity and respect
  • Maintain standards of dress and personal grooming appropriate to their position as temporary members of staff
  • Follow the policies and procedures of the site that apply to the use of resources and equipment, including personal use of mobile phones
  • Use behaviour management strategies that align with the school’s Responsible Behaviour Plan or other relevant learning site policy
  • Use language appropriate to their position of trust at the school / site in dealings with all members of the community
  • Refrain from forming relationships of a non-professional nature with students / learners at the site including contact through social networking sites e.g. facebook
  • Maintain strict confidentiality of all information, performance or assessment data and personal family details relating to students / learners at the site.

Professional learning

While the set of guidelines above describe expectations for your professional conduct at the school / educational setting, you are also expected to actively engage in the authentic learning experiences available to you during professional experience placements. You can achieve this goal in the following ways:

  • Undertake all planning, teaching, observation and reflection tasks outlined in the Information and Guidelines booklet for a particular placement
  • Keep an up-to-date and organised working portfolio as evidence of your practice at the site and make it available for viewing by your supervisors throughout the placement
  • Respond to feedback from supervising teachers and your University Coordinator by setting goals and identifying specific strategies for enhancing your professional learning and improving your practice.

Professional organisation

Finally, your responsibilities during and after your professional experience include the timely completion of practical tasks related to record-keeping and reporting.

You are required to:

  • Collect contact details for your site coordinator and supervising teacher and return these details to the Professional Experience Office at the commencement of your placement
  • Report any absence during your placement to your site coordinator or supervising teacher and to your University Coordinator and negotiate the timing for completing make-up days with your supervising teacher
  • Maintain a signed record of attendance that shows that you have completed the required number of assessable days for the placement and submit this record with your final report
  • Sign all reporting documentation at the conclusion of your placement
  • Ensure that you receive a copy of your final Summative Report for the placement that is signed by you, your supervising teacher and the site coordinator at your school / learning site
  • Upload a scanned copy of the attendance record and your signed final report through the link on your unit Moodle site at the end of the placement.