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Returning Teachers Support Service

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 registering your interestExternal Link .

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 videoExternal Link 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.

For further information for returning teachers or schools—please contact the Returning Teachers Support Service via email at returningteachers@education.vic.gov.au.

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    FUSE home pageExternal Link

    Resources for supporting students

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    Vic Government - AllPlay Learn

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    AllPlay LearnExternal Link

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    Learning sequencesExternal Link

    Mental health and wellbeing toolkit

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    • Schools – mental health and wellbeing toolkit
    • Parents and carers – mental and wellbeing health toolkit
    • Students – mental health and wellbeing toolkit

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    Social and Emotional Learning

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    Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships - FUSEExternal Link

    Maths Curriculum Companion

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    Mathematics Teaching ToolkitExternal Link

    Diverse learners hub

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    • professional learning and teaching resources for school staff.

    Diverse Learners HubExternal Link

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    Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA)External Link

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    Australia Department of Education (Federal)External Link

    Victorian Teaching and Learning Model (VTLM)

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    Victorian Teaching and Learning Model (VTLM)External Link

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    Middle Years Maths Challenges (MYMC)

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    Assessment, theory and practice within the teaching and learning cycle

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    Understanding, assessing and reporting on English language proficiency

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    Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO 2.0)

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Reviewed 09 December 2022

Department of Education and Training

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