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Survival guide for casual relief teachers

Ended Mar 18, 2021

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Full course description

Date and time

Thursday 4 March 2021, 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

Delivery mode

Online – a Zoom link will be provided 24 hours prior to the event


This learning event is right for you if you are a casual relief teacher or beginning teacher interested in strategies to help you thrive in an unfamiliar classroom.


As a CRT (Casual Relief Teacher) you also need to be a Crisis Response Teacher. You will need your magic folder of resources for when the work runs out or more critically when no work has been left for the class. You will also need to bring your behaviour management ‘A’ game to those challenging classes. This workshop will cover everything from surviving the trip to school, getting set up for the day, leaving suitable feedback and notes and what to say when the ‘bush lawyer’ is trying to hook you in. This fast paced two hour webinar has something for everyone including a wide range of resources.

'CRTs need more support to access quality professional growth opportunities so that they can build and develop their teaching expertise.' - AITSLSpotlight: Professional Learning for Relief Teachers

This learning event supports creating best practice toward meeting the following VRQA standard(s):

  • Care, Safety and Welfare of Students – Child safety                   
  • Care, Safety and Welfare of Students – Student behaviour management (discipline)                                        

Key takeaways              

  • tips and strategies for CRTs
  • the ten commandments of defusing confrontation
  • responses to silly classroom behaviours
  • ten classroom management strategies for dealing With Angry And Defiant Students
  • techniques to take control of a noisy class


Presenter information

David Vinegrad              

David Vinegrad is a well-known presenter with extensive experience in the area of behaviour management, both nationally and internationally. He has highly developed skills as a facilitator, trainer and presenter, and is widely recognised as an international expert on restorative justice and behaviour management. David has played a major role in the introduction of restorative practice into schools in Australia and internationally. He is an experienced counsellor and mediator, including high level management of critical incidents and school-based trauma. David has over 30 years of experience working with teachers and students in a variety of diverse educational settings.



Elspeth Adamson   

Elspeth Adamson is currently Manager, Student Services at Independent Schools Victoria, where she works in the areas of students with individual needs and student wellbeing, as well as addressing parent concerns about their children’s education. Previously, she was a Head of Campus and Deputy Principal of a Victorian multi-campus Independent school, and a Principal of an international school in India.