Students can spend up to the equivalent of one full year being taught by casual relief teachers (CRTs) over the duration of their education. In this time, they can have a significant impact on improving learning outcomes. Seventy-five
percent of CRTs usually work in the same setting on a regular basis. However, a recent AITSL survey (2018) found that they are undertaking less professional learning and at a lower quality. Offering CRTs opportunities for high-quality professional
- support all teachers to work collectively towards common goals
- help build collective familiarity with programs in their setting
- help build relationships with staff
- help make CRTs feel more engaged with staff and learners in their settings
- help provide an additional perspective to discussions, perhaps different from permanent staff’s experiences.