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Relief Teacher Association provides quality, on-demand learning for their members on scale

Scaling professional learning for membership associations
Scaling professional learning for membership associations

Access to 85+ hours

of professional development

Enabled 80,000+

teachers and 2,300+ schools access to over 85 hours of professional development

Delivered 244,000+

course enrolments since 2015

Delivered 42

highly engaging professional development courses
Relief Teacher Association needed to offer teachers professional learning that they could complete any time and anywhere at a price that was affordable given so many are under employed. The goal was enabling relief teachers to stay relevant and connected amongst members within a thriving professional learning network.

The Challenge

In today's ever-changing technological landscape, missing to update one's professional knowledge is equivalent to remaining stagnant and simply waiting to be replaced. Continuing professional development (CPD) is very much part of educators’ lives. Identifying what kind of CPD is needed in line with personal and organisational objectives and then sourcing it can be difficult.

Casual staff are routinely denied professional development opportunities, which may hamper their careers. They report feeling isolated and invisible.

Therefore, two of the key challenges for relief teachers are:

  • Connecting with other teachers and feeling part of the teaching community;
  • Accessing quality, affordable professional development opportunities to maintain their teaching accreditation.

The Solution

The RTA launched their first accredited PD courses on OpenLearning in 2015. With now over 85 hours of learning across their suite of courses, the RTA has been able to ensure that their members needs are met by providing relief teachers across Australia with:

  • Access to on-demand learning covered by their annual membership fee if they are an RTA member;
  • The ability for paid single course enrolments for non-RTA members;
  • A community of teachers to connect with; and,
  • A broad range of PD courses that spans the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Teachers can choose from a range of interactive and inspiring courses to fulfil their passions and meet their needs, at anytime and from anywhere.

With the Relief Teacher Association, teachers can access these courses all online and at their own pace – meaning teachers don’t have to skip a day of work or pay hundreds for the day.

Relief Teacher Association offers 32.5 hours of NESA Interim Accredited PD that will count towards their hours.

The Results

Since launching in 2015, the RTA have managed to:

  • Attract 244,000+ enrolments into its 42 online courses;
  • Enable 80,000+ of its members to have access to the online course.

This has helped Relief Teachers Association fulfil their goal of creating a thriving community of practice amongst teachers while enabling the opportunity to maintain and develop accreditation.

Findings from the launch of on-demand courses.
Source: AITSL research, 2018

Our Teachers say it best:

"I have been doing relief teaching for a few years. As a relief teacher i always feel so different an outsider.It is great to be doing these courses as it keeps us up to date with teaching as well as giving us such useful ideas and information. Relief teachers have never been given these opportunities before."

Mary H
Relief Teacher

"Thank you to the Relief Teacher Association for bringing together a range of experienced educators and professionals that provide practical advice and effective teaching strategies to expand our toolbox of ideas and solutions. By participating in professional development via the RTA, teachers learn new practices and have another context for sharing knowledge and experience outside of the workplace"

Linda Barry
Relief Teacher

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Relief Teacher Association (RTA)

Relief Teacher Association is a division of ClassCover, a platform that helps schools manage their casual relief teachers in an easy and effortless way. The Relief Teacher Association offers teachers a wide range of high quality and accredited professional development opportunities, through conferences, collaborative online courses and webinars, whilst connecting them to a thriving teaching community.


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