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Life as a Casual Relief Teacher (CRT)

Term Dates for 2011

  • Term 1: February 1   to   April 8
  • Term 2: April 27        to   July 1
  • Term 3: July 18         to   September 23
  • Term 4: October 10  to   December 22

Daily Routine

  • Most schools run on a similar schedule. On a typical school day, hours are from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.
  • Recess is usually 30 minutes, starting at 11:00 while lunch is 1 hour, starting at 1:00.
  • All teachers will be expected to complete at least 30 minutes of yard duty (supervision) each day

Once you arrive

  • Teachers should arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the first bell to get organized.
  • Find the daily organizer and introduce yourself. This will likely be the person who will show you to the classroom and deal with any issues throughout the day. It will also be the person who books teachers through ANZUK, so first impressions are crucial to being rebooked!
  • The teacher you are replacing may or may not have left work for you to cover on that day. If not, you will need to have resources with you as a back up plan.
  • You willl be assigned yard duty by the daily organizer. If they have not told you about it, ask! It shows great enthusiasm and responsibility to the person who may give you future work.
  • At the end of the day, make sure the classroom is left clean and tidy.
  • You should leave feedback for the teacher you are replacing on the activities covered (whether it was your plan or not) and any disciplinary measures that were taken with students.

Successful Teachers

If you have been a casual relief teacher before, you may be aware of some tricks to getting rebooked and having regular work. The manner in which you present yourself to client schools is as important as the way you present yourself to ANZUK. Here are a few key points for beginners.

  • You are willing and available to work Monday to Friday, exclusively through ANZUK.
  • You may need to travel an average of 75 minutes on public transit for teaching assignments. Keep in mind, if you're willing to travel a bit further, you may get extra work on the slower days.
  • You are interested in teaching multiple subjects, grade levels, and in different types of schools. If you're just starting, it doesn't hurt to put yourself in new situations. You may surprise yourself!
  • If ANZUK books you in for work, stay true to all confirmed bookings.
  • You are new to Melbourne, give yourself extra time at a new school to get there. Being early is ok!
  • Keep your phone on outside of school hours to answer incoming calls in anticipation for work the next day.
  • Be up and ready in the morning, expecting that you will be working.
  • Be positive and social! If the daily organizer remembers you as being upbeat and enthusiastic, it is likely they will think of you when booking teachers for future placements.