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Beginning Educators (first five years)

Beginning_teacher_in_class_web_qual.pngOur union supports beginning educators (teachers in their first five years in the profession) to achieve their professional goals.

Being a member of our union means you have the benefits of collectively negotiating fair and equitable working conditions.

Our union also connects beginning educators with quality professional development to help them navigate their early years in the classroom and meet their certified professional development requirements.

Mentor Program 

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This year our union is piloting a new mentor program; creating a network of members with an active interest in accessing and providing quality mentoring experiences with union support. 

A lack of consistent, quality mentoring is a professional issue which concerns both early career and experienced teachers. 

We believe this is an opportunity for our union to set a benchmark for quality mentoring. 

Why is mentoring important? 

Mentoring connections can be some of the most important support networks for early career teachers. 

Quality mentoring partnerships are collaborative relationships which provide opportunities for feedback, growth and development. 

 Despite increasing recognition that quality mentoring is vital support for beginning teachers, mentoring programs within schools may be tokenistic or conflated with induction practices. 

Mentors and mentees may be provided with little to no time to engage with the process and may have little to no systemic support.  

Further, mentoring programs often morph into systems of appraisal, rather than providing beginning teachers with meaningful feedback on their teaching practice.

Read more about what makes a great mentor here

IEUA-QNT Mentor Program

The IEUA-QNT Mentor Program comprises mentees (members with less than five years teaching experience) and mentors (members with more than five years of teaching experience).  

Mentees and mentors are matched through a survey and mentors are provided with training at workshops prior to their first meeting. 

Mentors and mentees meet once per term (during school holidays) using union facilities throughout the year. 

Currently, the pilot program is limited to teachers working and residing in southeast Queensland. 

If successful, the program may be extended to other regions of Queensland and/or the Northern Territory. 

Our next intake is July 2019 with mentor training sessions to be held in late September. 

IEAU-QNT members interested in participating in our Mentor Program please contact our Research Officer Adele Schmidt via email at aschmidt@qieu.asn.au

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TLN - quality professional development at your fingertips

TLN_blue-blackclear.pngOur union offers full access to online professional development for early career teacher members - for FREE!

Through the Teacher Learning Network (TLN), you can access to more than 100 online workshops, covering a broad range of topics.

2019 course lists:

Term 1
Term 2
Term 3
Term 4

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TLN workshops cover topics like classroom management, utilising technology, supporting students with disability and lesson planning strategies, which are designed to build your professional skills and empower your teaching practise.

How does it work?

The workshops are a mix of live workshops that allow you to interact with presenters and participants as well as recorded workshops that you can complete at any time. All workshops are accessed through the TLN website and associated software.

Is there a cost?

TLN workshops will be FREE of charge for IEU members who are part of BEnet (teachers in the first five years). 

Our union is proud to enhance PD opportunities for our early career teacher members. We know it is critical in your early years in the profession – particularly for those in regional and remote areas.

Click here to logon to or activate your TLN account.

(Note: you must logon with the email addressed associated with your union membership.)

If you need assistance with your TLN account, get in touch.

Upcoming scheduled events

Art_and_science_of_teaching.pngOur union regularly hosts scheduled workshops at a range of locations to provide further professional development opportunities for early career teachers.

These workshops are delivered by expert presenters and cover topics tailored to early career teachers, including: lesson planning, inclusive education, teacher registration, behaviour management & more.

View a current schedule of upcoming workshops on our Eventbrite page.

BEnet: a dedicated network for IEU beginning educator members

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BEnet is our union's dedicated network that ensures aspiring and early-career educators receive all the support they need.

Your source of information and support

In addition to our PD program, as a student or beginning educator member you will receive our regular BEnet e-newsletter, which provides tailored news and advice to support you in your teaching journey. The newsletter is sent via email twice per school term. 

Keep in touch

Like the BEnet Facebook page to receive latest updates, tips and advice.

Latest website news

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Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.