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Institute for Professional Learning ‹ For Senior Teachers

For Senior Teachers

About the program

Senior Teachers are experienced teachers committed to high-quality teaching and ongoing professional learning. They play an important role in:

  • providing mentoring, supervision, professional support, counselling and guidance for teachers (including student teachers and graduate teachers) about classroom performance, curriculum implementation and resource development
  • developing pedagogy and contributing to curriculum development
  • effectively contributing to the leadership of school development planning and identifying priorities, and to formal school decision-making processes
  • other duties as required by the principal.

To find out more about the conditions and allowances of teachers in public schools please read the School Education Act Employees’ (Teachers and Administrators) General Agreement 2014.

The Institute for Professional Learning offers an option for teachers to achieve Senior Teacher status through the Senior Teacher Professional Learning Program. Teachers may start the program up to two years before reaching the top level of the teachers’ salary scale. For other Senior Teacher options refer to the Department of Education’s Career Opportunities website.

The Senior Teacher Professional Learning Program aligns with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and consists of:

  1. a Senior Teacher Professional Learning Program Information Session.
    This session is designed to develop the skills and knowledge required for the Senior Teacher role. It is delivered face-to-face for metropolitan teachers and online via WebEx video conferencing for regional teachers. Please note, the WebEx sessions are available ONLY to regional teachers.
  2. evidence of an additional 40 hours of recent and relevant professional learning.
    A range of highly recommended and relevant professional learning programs are offered through the Institute and outlined in the Programs for Aspirant Senior Teachers booklet*. Alternatively, teachers may choose to access professional learning through other providers.
  3. completion of a professional learning record (see Senior Teacher application guidelines) describing how the professional learning has been applied in your school context.
    Principals or delegates are required to endorse the completion of professional learning requirements and how these they have been applied in the school context.

All three components must be addressed to meet the program requirements.

*The programs in this booklet are offered by the Institute and are highly recommended professional learning to support the role of senior teacher.

Completion of the Senior Teacher process under the previous pathway

Teachers who have completed Module 1 and who have had their required Individually Tailored Program Application approved may wish to complete Module 4. More information on the completion of the Senior Teacher process under the previous pathway and Module 4 dates available here

Alternatively, teachers may choose to attend the two hour information session and convert their previous Senior Teacher learning to meet the requirements of the new Senior Teacher Professional Learning Program.

    Two hour information session
    and 40 hours of professional

    27 November 2017

    2018 dates available

    $10 to attend information
    sessions at the Institute

    No cost to attend WebEx
    information sessions

    Register now

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2017 Dates and times for the Senior Teacher Professional Learning Program Information Sessions

Date Time Delivery
27 November 2017
4.30pm to 6.30pm Institute for Professional Learning, Leederville


2018 Dates and times for the Senior Teacher Professional Learning Program Information Sessions

Date Time Venue
11 January 2018
1.00pm to 3.00pm Institute for Professional Learning, Leederville
18 January 2018
10.00am to 12.00pm Institute for Professional Learning, Leederville



$10 for information sessions held at the Institute.

No cost for WebEx Video Conferencing information sessions (no catering).


Institute for Professional Learning
Building B
164-194 Oxford Street

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On the day

  • Business dress is required.


The Institute for Professional Learning is located in Building B at 164-194 Oxford Street, Leederville WA. We co-locate with the Schools of Isolated and Distance Education (SIDE).

Video conferencing via Web Ex.


Please note, the Institute does not have on-site parking:

  • The City of Vincent has a number of car parks throughout Leederville.
  • The closest long term paid parking is available on the south side of The Avenue Car Park on Leederville Parade.
  • Short term paid parking (two hour) is available in adjacent streets.
  • The City of Vincent offers a 'pay by phone' parking service.
  • The Institute is a two minute walk from Leederville train station.
  • Taxis service the site promptly.
  • Cycle racks are located outside Building F.

Download the Institute map and parking information.

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How to register

  • Register for Senior Teacher - Information Session on PLIS.
  • Complete your details and payment.

Further information

Please contact the Institute for Professional Learning on 1300 610 801 or email


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