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Graduate Teacher Professional Learning Program

About the program

Over the first 30 months of teaching, graduate teachers in the public school sector are required to undertake the Graduate Teacher Professional Learning Program. This program is designed to build skills, effectiveness and confidence in graduates as they take up positions in public schools by:

  • establishing the professional norms of reflection, goal setting, collaboration and continuous learning
  • facilitating the consideration of strengths and areas for growth against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, with a focus on developing effective teachers
  • supporting the development of a professional identity that builds personal resilience and emotional wellbeing
  • providing opportunities for graduate teachers to share their teaching practice and build personal and professional networks.

Each module aligns to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and emphasises self-reflection and the sharing of practice as key elements of professional growth. Ideally, Modules 1 and 2 are to be completed during the first year of teaching and Modules 3 and 4 are completed in the second year.  It is not advised to complete these programs in one year as the content is aligned to the developing needs of an early career teacher.

Graduate Teacher Module 1 - Professional Standards for Effective Classroom Practice

  • Module 1 focuses on developing effective practice using a growth mindset, planning and extending a repertoire of strategies for enhancing learning. This includes factors and techniques which create a safe learning environment. It reviews the research on graduate teachers’ experiences in the first year of their career and clarifies the rationale behind the Department of Education’s induction program. The program provides an overview about graduate teacher allowances and funding over the first two years of their careers and introduces the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia’s (TRBWA) processes for transitioning from provisional to full registration.

Graduate Teacher Module 2 - Facilitating Student Learning

  • Module 2 focuses on effective pedagogy, responding to diversity, feedback and ethical and responsible decision making, as well as providing an opportunity for teachers to share and reflect on their practice using the Tuning in Triads protocol. A significant session addresses the compilation of evidence of proficiency as part of achieving full registration with the TRBWA and a reflective tool for identifying teachers’ impact on student learning.

Graduate Teacher Module 3 - Assessing Student Learning

  • Module 3 reviews contemporary research about assessment and considers the making of effective, consistent judgements relating to student progress and achievement. A number of frameworks for conducting assessments and empowering students within the teaching, learning and assessment cycle are considered. 

Graduate Teacher Module 4 Conference - Quality Teaching: professional achievements and aspirations

  • The Module 4 Conference aims to provide an opportunity for participants to measure and celebrate their growth from graduate to proficient and consider future aspirational goals to continue to build capability and maximise their impact on student learning. As part of the conference registration process, teachers will be able to choose from a targeted range of professional learning options.
  • ‚ÄčTeachers are required to attend the keynote speech, Aboriginal Cultural Standards presentation and introductory and closing workshops delivered by the Institute, and then select from a range of workshops in keeping with their professional learning needs and school priorities. 
  • The content aligns with the Department’s strategic plan and provides opportunities to contextualise and reflect on system and school priorities.
  • Graduate teachers in regional areas, unable to attend a Perth conference, are provided with access to a Module 4 (non-conference style program) and should contact program consultant Julie Broz on 1300 610 801.

Module delivery

Module 1 is offered face-to-face.

Modules 2 and 3 are offered both face-to-face and online. Both modules commence and conclude at the same time.

Module 4 is organised, in partnership with Statewide Services, as a conference at the Institute. Graduate teachers attend two mandatory sessions and then select from a range of workshops in keeping with their professional learning needs and school priorities. 

Regional graduate teachers can choose to attend either:

  • A Module 4 conference in Perth throughout the year or
  • Module 4 in Term 4 in their closest regional centre.

Previous participant testimonials - Module 4 feedback

“The conference style was absolutely brilliant! Very engaging and being able to choose sessions meant that it was also really relevant.”
Rebecca Blake, Ellenbrook Primary School

“I thoroughly enjoyed completing the grad module as workshops that we can choose. The content was far more relevant to my teaching and current knowledge. I would love for others to have this opportunity when completing grad module 4. Thank you for this opportunity!”
Monica Chester, Heathridge Primary School

“I like how this graduate module is set up to accommodate our interests and areas of need.”
Nikita Hale, Windowie Primary School

“The pilot module has been amazing – very informative and beneficial.”
Renae Guelfi, Morawa District High School

“This has been a great two days! I loved being able to choose what I wanted to learn! I learnt sooooooo much and the days went so quick! I can’t wait to try new things in my classroom – I’m feeling inspired!”
Maddison Read, North Tom Price Primary School

    Four two-day modules

    Offered throughout the term
    and during term break

    No cost

    Metropolitan and regional

    Register now

    Read the e-book

    This e-book will assist
    graduate teachers in selecting
    professional learning as part of
    Module 4 (conference-style).

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Click on the quick links below to register for graduate teacher modules in your area, online modules or Perth conference modules. The modules are offered throughout the term and during term break in both metropolitan and regional areas.




There is no cost to attend these modules.

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On the day

For modules held at the Institute for Professional Learning, Leederville:

  • Programs start at 8.30am. Tea and coffee are available from 7.45am.
  • Business dress is required.
  • Morning tea and lunch are provided.

For modules held at other venues:

  • Business dress is required.
  • Morning tea and lunch are provided.


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


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

  • Refer to the Dates section above.
  • Select your region.
  • Complete your enrolment details.

Further information

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


Graduate Teacher Professional Learning Program

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