Teaching in a public school offers you a rewarding and dynamic career. You will teach students from a variety of backgrounds, have opportunities to work in various public schools and have access to professional learning that will enhance your teaching skills and provide opportunities to further your career.
As a teacher in a public school, you will perform a variety of tasks. Most of your time will be spent in class teaching. The remainder of your time will be spent doing non-teaching duties, such as:
During school hours set time is allocated for you to teach and complete some of your non-teaching duties. You are given the choice of when and where you complete the rest of your non-teaching duties. You have the flexibility to complete them before or after school, at weekends or during school holidays.
The school week is from Monday to Friday with the starting and finishing times of schools varying.
Most schools have classes from about 8.30am through to about 3.00pm each day with a lunch break and two recess breaks during the day. Some schools in the north of the State have earlier starting and finishing times because of the warmer climate.
Most of your working week will be spent teaching in the classroom. In 2011 the maximum weekly hours for face to face teaching are as follows:
Preparation time scheduled into the week so you can prepare for classes and do duties other than face to face teaching is known as DOTT time (Duties Other Than Teaching).
In 2011 teachers have the following DOTT time:
Full-time, part-time and casual options
Teaching can offer you great flexibility. You can choose to work full-time, part-time or casually, depending on which positions are available.
You may consider working:
You may be interested in a job share arrangement where you share a full-time position with another teacher. Both of you work part-time and your duties, pay, holidays and other entitlements are split according to the number of hours you each work.
Contact Teaching WA to find out what options are available.
To find out more information about individual schools in WA visit Schools Online.
Schools Online is a directory of public schools in WA and contains information about programs offered and student numbers at each school as well as general school information.
To find out information about a specific school region, you can access their website via the regional education offices web page. You’ll also find region maps.