Department of Education

In-Class Coaching Program

About the program - applications for 2018 now open

The In-Class Coaching Program provides graduates with a personalised professional learning experience facilitated by a trained Teaching and Learning Advocate.  Working one on one with an advocate for a semester, you will reflect on and develop your practice using the Australian Professional Standards for Teaching as a framework. The program complements and builds on the contextualised support provided to you by your school. All conversations between you and your advocate are confidential and non-evaluative. The coaching will be a mix of school visits and telephone sessions.

In the program you will:

  • participate in the Department's preferred pathway to full registration with the Teacher Registration Board WA (TRBWA)
  • build your capacity and skills as an effective classroom teacher
  • enhance your professional practice
  • gain a deeper understanding of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
  • transfer learning from the Graduate Teacher Professional Learning modules to your teaching practice.

In the program you may:

  • prepare for Between Module Tasks from the Graduate Teacher Professional Learning modules
  • request video or specific-focus lesson observations to help you reflect and also be provided with non-judgemental feedback
  • access assistance with your Compilation of Evidence for TRBWA Full Registration
  • prepare for teacher registration and applications for teaching positions
  • prepare for Performance and Development.

The In-Class Coaching Program comprises of two cohorts each year, however you can submit a coaching request form at any time throughout the year in readiness for the next intake:

  • Cohort One – February to July 2018
  • Cohort Two – July to December 2018

You will work with your advocate for one full semester, committing to a minimum of six coaching sessions. 


You will have the opportunity to join an In-Class Coaching Cohort in your first or second contracted years of teaching if you meet the following three eligibility requirements:

  1. have completed Module 1 of the Graduate Teacher Professional Learning Program
  2. be teaching in a contract or permanent position
  3. commit to working with an Advocate for one semester (six months).

If you have completed all four Graduate Teacher Professional Learning Modules you are ineligible, as this coaching program supports the transferral of your professional learning from these modules to your professional practice. 

Previous participant testimonials

“ The Graduate Coaching Program with an Advocate from the Institute was one of the most powerful and useful tools the Graduate Program has to offer. Highly recommended to all future graduates.”  
Stephanie Whild, Coodanup College, October 2017

"To be able to reflect on what I was doing well and where I needed to go next in order to maximise student learning."
Bianca, Karrinyup Primary School, 2016

"The support – the time that we were able to spend together completely dedicated to my professional growth, as schools are so busy I rarely set this time aside for myself without the coaching – the confidentiality."
Claire, Kensington Primary School, 2016

"I would (and have) highly recommend this program as it provides guidance to beginning teachers in so many important areas and sets you up for a long and successful career."
Nathan, Warwick Senior High School, 2016

"It is good to be reassured that you are doing the right thing and be directed into a more professional way of thinking and teaching." 
Kasia, Warakurna Remote Community School, 2016

"I would definitely recommend this program for any graduate as it can be tailored to suit your own individual needs.  It assisted me greatly in making a solid start on my portfolio and given me direction and more understanding of the standards."
Tricia, Manning Primary School, 2016

"Having an advocate external to school gives you a level of confidence and reassurance that no other can provide.  It helped me grow in confidence in terms of my professional practice and knowledge.  Being part of the advocate program also provided you the chance to reflect on your teaching as well as improve and develop new teaching strategies.  They challenge you and set goals with you that have real impact in the classroom."
Anonymous, 2016

    One semester

    Dates and venues
    by appointment

    No cost

    Participant Feedback

    Samantha Johnson
    Graduate Teacher
    (Feedback <1 min)

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How to request an advocate

To request an advocate:

  1. you must have completed or be enrolled in Module 1 of the Graduate Teacher Professional Learning Program
  2. review the In-Class Coaching Program information guidelines and request form
  3. email your completed request form to before the application closing dates (see below).

When you request a Teaching and Learning Advocate you receive an acknowledgement email. If you are deemed eligible your advocate will contact you directly to arrange the first coaching session. 

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Application closing dates

Closing date for Cohort 1: Friday 16 February 2018 (Term 1, Week 3)

Closing date for Cohort 2: Friday 15 June 2018 (Term 2, Week 7)


There is no cost to participate in this program.

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Further information

Please contact the Peta Nelson at the Institute for Professional Learning on 0459 803 499 or email


In-Class Coaching Program

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