During placement

Conduct while on placement

  • On your first day,
    • hand the emergency contact form in a sealed envelope to the person in charge of placements at your school or centre,
    • discuss your placement days with your Mentor Teacher and their requirements of you.
  • Keep a current and accurate record of your placement activities and attendance via the Attendance Diary and Professional Experience Report forms. These documents are provided on the PE Moodle site from the beginning of each semester.
  • Ensure that your Attendance Diary is signed each day.
  • Participate fully in the life of the school/centre (e.g., yard duty, staff meetings, after school events, etc.).
  • If you are unable to attend a placement day you must notify your placement school/centre and the Professional Experience Office as early as possible and negotiate with your mentor to make up time missed. Notify the PEO via ask.monash. It is important you notify the University using your student account.
  • If you are sick or unable to attend 2 or more days you will need to submit a medical certificate or statutory declaration explaining your absence to both the Professional Experience Office and your Mentor Teacher. Do this via ask.monash. It is important you notify the University using your student account.
  • If you injure yourself while on placement, see the Conditions of Placement website for instructions on what to do.
    Note: You must complete the placement days as stipulated by the Professional Experience Office (PEO). Failure to complete the set number of days may jeopardise your course completion and teacher registration. You may also be required to make up days. Any questions about this should be directed to the PEO.
  • As a representative of Monash University and as a professional school visitor, you must not engage with students at the school via social media channels, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat.
  • Developing a connection with your students is important. However, you must ensure that all your interactions are on a professional level. If you experience any issues or concerns in your interactions with students we strongly advise that you discuss your concerns with either
    • your Mentor Teacher, or
    • a Professional Practice Consultant or an Academic Advisor.
  • Use of your mobile phone should be restricted to breaks or cases of genuine emergencies. Follow the policies of the school or centre regarding mobile phone use.
  • Seek help if you are facing difficulties during your placement. In the first instance, speak with your mentor or contact a Professional Practice Advisor or an Academic Advisor.
  • If your mentor raises concerns with us about your ability to complete your placement satisfactorily a member of Monash Staff may observe you at your placement.