Studies indicate that over the course of a student’s schooling, approximately one year will be spent in the company of a relief teacher. However, the reality is relief teachers generally do it tough with inadequate access to Professional Development and a general feeling of alienation and powerlessness. (EducationHQ Magazine, 2015)
Relief Teacher booking app, ClassCover, is actively changing and improving the landscape for thousands of relief teachers. On Saturday the 11th of November and in partnership with Brisbane Catholic Education, 150 Queensland relief teachers gathered for a day of professional development and networking held at the O'Shea Centre in Wilston.
A first of it's kind in Queensland, relief teachers from all over the state came together to connect and collectively alleviate isolation. A heavily discounted five hours of professional development was on offer to be put toward the maintenance of their accreditation and growth as an educator. Demand was high, with this years first annual Brisbane Relief Teacher Conference being a sold out event.
Curriculum aligned topics of the day included Classroom Management, Digital Technologies, Social Media Safety and utilising education technology tools in the classroom.
This year, ClassCover was rolled out across 146 Brisbane Catholic Education schools and 19 Catholic Education Diocese of Cairns schools. Using this technology allows these schools to book relief teachers via an app as opposed to making countless phone calls to find a last minute teachers. This saves schools hours of administration time and removes the need to use call centres. This has brought on over 4,000 Queensland relief teachers to ClassCover who are now able to access the same support that other relief teachers have in Australian states where ClassCover has a presence.
ClassCover is now in 1,100 schools Australia wide and supports over 42,000 relief teachers.
The Relief Teacher Conference 2017 will make its grand finale in Sydney on the 2nd of December at the NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre.