You will not be left alone with a class while you’re on placement. As a pre-service teacher you can’t be given legal responsibility.
You are also not allowed to be paid during the placement.
Your professional experience placement is continuous and full-time. You must arrive and depart from the school as if you are a full-time teacher and endeavour to participate fully in school activities with staff and students. Professionalism, preparation and organisation are the keys to a successful placement.
What to do if you’re sick or if there are any unforeseen circumstances
Your first responsibility is to make contact with the school coordinator and mentor teacher before the school day begins (or the night before if possible). Remember a classroom of students may be counting on you. You will need to negotiate with the school coordinator and mentor to make up any sick days at the end of your placement to meet teacher registration requirements. You need to negotiate with your school coordinator and mentor teacher a mutually agreeable time to allow all missed days to be made up. You cannot make up missed days when University lectures and tutorials are scheduled.
If you are absent for an extended period of time (beyond 5 days) you may need to withdraw from your placement.
What happens if there is a public holiday or pupil-free day while you’re on placement?
If schools have a pupil-free day during placement, the school should determine your attendance and participation for that day. This can be a valuable professional learning opportunity and we encourage you to participate. If you don't then you are expected to negotiate additional time with your supervising teacher to make up the required number of professional experience days.
View further important information about your placement in the professional experience handbooks below.