Review finds first-time teachers feel unprepared and nervous

A review has found many new teachers are walking into their first jobs feeling unprepared and lacking confidence.

The report from the Education Review Office found managing student's behaviour, helping special-needs students and conducting assessments were all areas of concern.

The report found some new graduate teachers felt they knew the theory, but not how to implement it in practice.

Assessment was the area they felt least confident and prepared for, and while they were able to develop relationships with parents and family, they weren't as confident discussing children's learning with them.

The Education Council has recently taken responsibility for teacher training and is planning changes to the way teachers are taught.

These include raising literacy and numeracy requirements for those entering teacher training, encouraging more postgraduate training and requiring fewer, but longer practical in-school placements.