Sunday, 22 April 2018

Term 2, 2018 - CRT Policies, Procedures and Protocols

At our recent CRT Network Coordinators' Meeting (12th April) at the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT), Hannah Galloway reminded us all of our professional obligations, "Duty of Care" as teachers.

Let us take this awareness with us, to every educational environment where we teach, this term.

Mandatory reporting[1]

“Mandatory reporters must make a report to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) (Child Protection) as soon as practicable if, in the course of practising their profession or carrying out their duties, they form reasonable belief that a child or young person is in need of protection, as a result of physical injury or sexual abuse, and the child’s parents are unable or unwilling to protect the child from that abuse.
A mandatory reporter who fails to comply with these reporting obligations may be committing a criminal offence.”

Child Safe Standards[2]

Victoria has introduced compulsory minimum standards for organisations that provide services for children to help protect children from abuse.
From 1 January 2017, organisations that provide services for children are required to comply with the standards. For more information about the organisations that are required to adopt the standards, visit the Commission for Children and Young People website(External link).

The standards aim to drive cultural change in organisations so that protecting children from abuse is embedded in everyday thinking and practice.
The standards are compulsory for certain organisations, but are not prescriptive. This allows organisations some flexibility in how they implement the standards to meet the requirements. To create and maintain a child safe environment, an organisation must have:
The Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP) are the oversight body for the child safe standards. 

Friday, 5 January 2018

Term 1, 2018 - Happy New Year!

As a CRT are you ready to start the new year with vim, vigour and vitality? Well if you are, plan ahead; plan for enjoyment, challenges and triumphs. Take control and work out what you want to "give" in 2018, and what you want to "be given" in 2018. Set your sights high and work proactively towards achieving your goals.

Your year will be a fulfilling one if you have clear direction and know what you want. 2018 will be the year that you want it to be, if you navigate confidently one step at a time.

Make the most of every opportunity that comes your way.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Term 4, 2017 - Well, this term has had a focus again, on "Teacher Registration Renewal", and everything that goes with it. It has been a time to reflect on: Code of Ethics, Code of Conduct and Teacher Professionalism.

Hannah Galloway (Senior Standards Advisor / Regulatory Services - VIT) has reminded us of our "Duty of Care" and obligation to present "Best Teaching Practice" at all times in educational environments.

With that in mind, let's finish the school year with enthusiasm, vigour and vitality.

Enjoy yourself in the classroom!

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Term 3, 2017 - Well this term has had a steady focus on practical and interesting PDs, "Teacher Registration Renewal", and staying fit and healthy during the winter months. 

We set our goals earlier this year, and have had to creatively stay focussed and challenged by new and unexpected events. Remember to embrace new learning; it will bring out the best in you.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Term 2, 2017 - The Three "Rs": Re-vitalise, Re-energise and Re-invent

Term 2 is an opportunity for you to re-invent yourself.

Take on board PD offerings, update your knowledge of pedagogy, and prepare yourself physically and mentally to step forward into the new term, with re-energised passion and interest.

Use your holidays well, have fun and relax, and prepare yourself to accept the challenges ahead. Get ready to put the "best you" on display.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Term 1, 2017 - Welcome to a new year!

This year is shaping up to be a great one. The Victorian Curriculum will be fully adopted and in use by all Victorian schools, which means that you have to be 'current'. So, do your homework, jump online and find out what changes have been implemented. Any independent research that you do, will give you a 'point of difference' when going for a CRT position. 

Now is a good time to do some achievable 'goal-setting'. Look at what you will be able to take to any teaching position: passion, experience, talent and commitment. Make sure that you let schools know what you have to offer.

Have a great year!

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Term 4, 2016 - Your 'Wish List'

It is time to look around you and decide what is on your "Wish List" for this final term. Now is your opportunity to show people the person you truly are.

If you have teaching commitments for this term, then give everything that you do 100%. If you do not have any CRT commitments, then consider doing voluntary work in places where you will be needed and appreciated.

Enjoy yourself, surround yourself with people who value 'you', and start thinking about what you could put into place in preparation for next year.

Have fun!