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Free Course: Preparing for your Prac Placement

Free Course: Preparing for Your Prac Placement

How should you prepare for your first day of prac? What’s the best way to make a lasting impression with school leaders? Josh Cauchi answers these questions and more in this free course on ClassCover Learn.  

Whether you’re about to embark on your first round of prac placement or are a little further along with your studies, there are things you can do before, during, and after your placement to ensure you get the most out of the experience.  

We find that in situations like these, the best teachers are the ones who have been through it themselves. You know, the ones who really know what they are talking about. That’s why we tapped NSW teacher, Josh Cauchi, on the shoulder to see if he would share his expertise with us. With years of teaching experience under his belt and a YouTube channel dedicated to helping beginner teachers, we knew Josh was the right man for the job. Ready to get started?  

Learning Outcomes 

Here’s what you can expect to pick up from the course: 

  • Knowledge and understandings that will help you prepare for your practical placement 
  • What to do (and what not to do) during your practical placement to demonstrate your suitability as a teacher 
  • How to effectively conclude your practical placement and take your learnings with you 


Course Overview  


Meet Josh. In the introduction video, get to know your course presenter as he dives into his background and shares an overview of what you can expect to learn in this course.  

Here’s a preview of the course: 

Module 1: Before you start placement 

Here we go. Starting from the beginning, Josh explains the things that you should do before your placement begins to ensure you get the most out of the experience. This includes when you should begin preparing, essential items you will need, and the best way to make a strong impression on your supervising teacher, the principal/s, and of course your students. 

Module 2: During your placement  

Next up, module 2 will help prepare you for the placement itself. Josh draws on his own experience to explain what supervisors, other teachers, principals, and students expect from prac teachers. You’ll want to grab a pen and take notes for this one as Josh provides a ton of great advice and actionable tips for all student teachers.  

Module 3: After your placement  

In the final module, Josh will share the things to remember when you are finishing placement as well as steps to take to help you absorb the learnings from the experience. What’s the best way to thank your supervising teacher and the school? What documentation do you need and who is the best person to provide it? How can you best reflect on your placement to ensure you take the lessons into future pracs and your career as a teacher. Module 3 will answer these questions and leave you feeling confident about your upcoming placement.  


You did it! To wrap up the course, Josh will reiterate some of the major points from the course and leave you with a few words of wisdom as you embark on this exciting chapter of your journey to teaching. All the best.  


The Preparing for Your Prac Placement course has been designed for pre-service teachers. While those who are about to embark on their prac placement will typically get the most out of the course, any students with remaining placements will find the course insightful. 

The course is broken down into three modules, covering before, during, and after placement. The presenter, Josh Cauchi, uses a mixture of his own experience and industry best practice to give actionable tips to participants. 

All ClassCover Learn courses are delivered virtually using video lessons hosted on our education platform, OpenLearning.

No. The beauty of ClassCover Learn and the online PD format is that you can finish the course at your own speed. Break it down into one module per day, less, more, or whatever works for you. 

You can expect to finish the course in 60-90 minutes if you complete it in one session.

We are excited to offer this class for free to the ClassCover Learn community. If you would like to continue your learning, access to our entire platform with 85 hours of PD training is available for $99.

While our presenters do not give individual feedback to participants, we encourage you to engage with other educators in the course comments and benefit from each other’s experience. 

About your presenter 

Josh Cauchi is a NSW-based classroom teacher with several years of experience. Outside the classroom, Josh’s passion for education—particularly with newer teachers—has seen him on a path to help recent graduates find their way in the industry. Keen to learn more? Dig into Josh’s guide on The Journey to Accreditation for NSW Teachers.  

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