Final year PSTs generally undertake a 40-day placement with 10 lead-in planning days in term 1 and a 6-week block from the beginning of term 2. However, some PSTs are selected to undertake an extended 10-week country or metro placement across term 2, or a special internship program over an entire school year in key internship schools.
Extended rural or metro placements allow PSTs more time to develop their teaching practice and to experience and contribute to their placement site and community. The extended placement structure usually comprises:
- week 0 induction and orientation (this may not be possible in country schools)
- weeks 1-2 introduction lead in days
- weekly visits across term 1 if possible
- 10 weeks teaching block placement across term 2
- project (to be negotiated with the school).
Some sites elect for PSTs to complete a 6-week block placement and then a 4-week project, others may prefer that the PSTs integrate their project with their placement experience. This model allows for flexibility and creativity and to consider the varying factors for sites and the PST. Past examples of placement projects include:
- tutoring, revision programs and examination preparation
- literacy and numeracy intervention
- student health and well-being programs
- specialist sport coaching
- drama or music production
- professional learning programs
- critical inquiry-based learning
- music programs.
The internship program offered by selected sites only incorporates all of the above plus a longer involvement with the site over the year. This may mean that the PST continues for one day per week after their placement to implement their special project and to support teaching and learning programs.