Dedicated support for returning teachers
The Victorian Government is supporting teachers to return to the workforce with a Returning Teachers Support Service (RTSS). You can register for an initial discussion about opportunities in Victorian schools by .
We encourage those not currently working in schools, who are interested in a return to the classroom in a full time, part time or casual capacity, to register for this service. Access to the service also extends to current casual relief teachers who have not worked more than 10 days in the last school term.
Victorian government schools are at the forefront of education in Australia. The Department of Education and Training places the highest value on the role that skilled teachers play in improving the student experience. Teaching remains one of the most uplifting and fulfilling careers. Watch this featuring Trish Singh, a teacher at Glen Waverley Primary School, who talks about her rewarding experience working with her students.
Victorian government school opportunities
The RTSS is a direct call service for returning teachers run by the department. RTSS staff will call every interested returning teacher to discuss their work history and support needs and provide them with an Individualised Support Plan.
The menu of supports that will be available to returning teachers include:
- engagement and on-going contact from a RTSS staff member
- free and accessible professional development modules, including new resources that have emerged since teachers have been on leave, such as the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes 2.0
- access to free mental health and wellbeing tools
- links to relevant department resources to support teaching and learning
- additional free resources to build returning teacher’s application skills, including interview tips and advice from school-based leaders on recruitment
More supports will be available in 2023.
There is no better time to return to the classroom than 2023 and the department recognises the valuable contribution that returning teachers will make to our schools. Government schools are focused on providing their teachers with the supports they need to ensure every student in the state has access to great schools, excellent teachers, and a quality education.
Recruitment support links
A bank of resources, professional learning videos and assessment tools to support students with enacting student voice, agency and leadership in their learning and school communities.
A large bank of teaching and learning resources for delivery of curriculum grouped by levels, includes virtual lessons, professional learning links for teachers.
Resources for supporting students
Vic Government - AllPlay Learn
Online evidence-based resources and training for teachers. Includes how to be an inclusive teacher and day-to-day tips for students with disability.
ARC Learning Sequences
Plan, teach and assess with new learning sequences designed by teachers for teachers.
Teaching resources available by level and subject areas
Mental health and wellbeing toolkit
Advice to help promote and support student mental health and wellbeing
- Schools – mental health and wellbeing toolkit
- Parents and carers – mental and wellbeing health toolkit
- Students – mental health and wellbeing toolkit
Social and Emotional Learning
The Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships learning materials have been designed for teachers in primary and secondary schools to develop students’ social, emotional and positive relationship skills.
Maths Curriculum Companion
Mathematics Teaching Toolkit is a suite of teaching and learning resources aligned to the Victorian Curriculum.
Resources are organized by strand, sub-strand and level and incorporate the proficiencies: understanding, fluency, problem solving and reasoning.
Diverse learners hub
This website provides information, tools and guidance on diverse learning, including:
- understanding autism and how schools support autistic students
- understanding the different types of learning difficulties
- how learning difficulties can affect a child’s and young person’s learning
- evidence-based resources, tools, and guidance on learning diversity
- professional learning and teaching resources for school staff.
Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA)
Victorian curriculum outlined as a reference to teachers
Professional learning linked to curriculum available via the website.
Australia Department of Education (Federal)
The Student Wellbeing Hub has been developed by Education Services Australia for the Australian Government Department of Education.
The Hub is the home of the Australian Student Wellbeing Framework, which is based on evidence of the clear links between safety, wellbeing and learning.
Victorian Teaching and Learning Model (VTLM)
The Victorian teaching and learning model (VTLM) supports teachers and school leaders to focus on high impact teaching and learning and to make evidence-based decisions to improve student learning and wellbeing.
VTLM Fuse page
The VTLM fuse page provides a back of resources for teachers and school leaders to assist in using the components of the VTLM. This includes the which has over 130 resources to support teachers in enhancing the High Impact Teaching Strategies in their classrooms.
Middle Years Maths Challenges (MYMC)
The Middle Years Maths Challenges (MYMC) support student engagement in middle years mathematics (Levels 5-9) and build teacher confidence and capability in teaching with the proficiencies.
Teaching ideas, materials and safety for using digital technologies in the classroom.
Literacy Teaching Toolkit
Practical advice and high impact teaching practices that improve outcomes in reading, writing and speaking and listening.
Koorie English Online
These modules have been developed for teachers in early childhood, primary and secondary school settings. They aim to promote awareness about Koorie English and associated teaching strategies to help strengthen literacy outcomes for Koorie English speakers. The modules have drawn heavily from the Koorie English Teacher Guidance Package.
Assessment, theory and practice within the teaching and learning cycle
Guidance and advice for assessment supports high-quality assessment practices and provides teachers with specific information to target the learning needs of students.
Understanding, assessing and reporting on English language proficiency
These resources support the teaching of the EAL curriculum by providing teachers with an understanding of the likely pathways students take to develop English language proficiency and providing resources to support assessment of and reporting on their English language proficiency.
Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO 2.0)
A key Education State reform initiative, the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO) was introduced in 2015 for all Victorian government schools to focus schools’ improvement efforts on improvement priorities shown to have the greatest impact on student outcomes.
The new FISO 2.0 sets out 5 core elements that together realise the goals of excellence and equity through developing the learning and wellbeing of every Victorian student.
Reviewed 09 December 2022