Please familiarise yourself with these so you can ensure successful completion of your Professional Experience.
The InSchool team works to locate placements in schools and prior to school settings. Preservice teachers may choose to research their own placements in an appropriate setting for their Professional Experience unit and course. If a preservice teacher chooses to undertake placement research, they must follow the procedure and use the documentation provided by logging into Learnline, https://online.cdu.edu.au/, and locating the unit on called 2019 InSchool-Education Placement.
You need to read, understand and complete all the Pre-placement Requirements (PPRs) to ensure your placement can be finalised and confirmed. You need to complete two Pre-Placement forms, and complete the clearance process for the state or territory in which you will undertake placement.
Use the placement calendar as a guide for the earliest date on which you can undertake placement and other infomation about placement attendance requirements for your unit.
Placements are guided by the CDU placement calendar dates, and are arranged within the school terms in the state / territory in which you're located. If a PST wishes to vary placement attendance requirements, Practicum Date Variation Approval Request form (DOCX, 30.22 KB) must be completed and emailed to Inschool@cdu.edu.au.
a) To avoid conflict of interest, PSTs may not:
- Undertake a placement in a school or setting where they are already employed
- Undertake a placement in a school or setting where an immediate family member is also located (school staff or students attending the school)
- Receive remuneration in any form for duties carried out during their placement
In exceptional circumstances, a PST may make a case that no conflict of interest will occur in the first two instances (items 1. and 2. above). This case needs to be supported by the school's Professional Experience Co-ordinator and to explicitly describe the strategies that will be put into place to ensure that any conflict of interest is minimised (e.g. teaching will occur in classes other than those involving a family member)
b) PSTs may undertake one of their placements in a specialised setting. Specialised settings include:
- Steiner or Montessori schools,
- special education schools,
- outdoor education-based schooling
- remote schools
Placement in a specialised settings usually only occurs once across the PSTs placement experience, and not usually in the final placement. If more than one placement in a specialised setting is wished for, or for the placement in a specialised setting to occur in the final placement, the PST needs to complete a Extenuating Circumstances form (PDF, 115.29 KB) and submit to Inschool@cdu.edu.au
Placements must not start prior to semester commencement dates and must allow for a period of course work in preparation for the placement.
Each placement must be nominated prior to commencement to allow for confirmation by the InSchool team.
It's compulsory when working with children to complete background checks and screening. If you don't have the appropriate clearance, you won't be permitted to commence placement.
State and Territory requirements are updated on a regular basis. You are responsible for ensuring you have all the required clearances and checks in place, and they are up-to-date.
Please apply for your clearance/s early as the process can take up to three months. In some instances, workshops or training must be completed.
Please refer to the current policy in your State or Territory below.
You must submit copies of all certificates and screenings via email to InSchool placements.
State and Territory policies
ACT NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC WA
- Working with Children Check
- The Department of Education National Police History Check (National Police Check must be conducted by the WA Department of Education and must be dated within six months of your first placement)
- WA - Child protection documentation
- WA Reporting Child Abuse for Volunteers and Non-teaching staff
- WA - Child Protection Policies
- National Police Check (must be issued in the year of the placement)
Placements must be completed as per the confirmed dates. If you wish to change the confirmed placement dates, you must apply for an variation using the Extenuating Circumstances form (PDF, 115.29 KB).
If you wish to request a variation to the published placement dates, please fill in the Practicum Date Variation Approval Request form (DOCX, 30.22 KB) and email the completed form to InSchool placements for approval.
Placement must be completed as per the setting restrictions, available here. If you wish to request a variation to these restrictions, you must apply for a variation using the Extenuating Circumstances form (PDF, 115.29 KB).
The age of first-year students in primary school varies considerably between states and territories. Download the Australian compulsory school years table (PDF, 1.13 MB).
Description of early childhood placement settings
- Prior to school: 0-35 months, ie babies room of a childcare centre
- Prior to school: 3-5 years, ie toddlers room of a childcare centre or preschool (Yr 1 minus 2)
- Pre-school attached to a school: (Yr 1 minus 2)
- Foundation: First year of formal full time school: called Transition, Reception, Prep or Kindergarten in different states (Yr 1 minus 1)