Professional learning

Professional learning

Our Horizons short courses aim to build on current skills and prepare pre-service teachers for high demand teaching areas.

Horizons short courses are for pre-service teachers looking to build curriculum knowledge, planning and practical skills, and prepare for future teaching opportunities in specialist areas.

To be eligible to participate in our current short courses you must:

  • be a pre-service teacher residing in Western Australia
  • currently be or are planning to complete your final placement in a public school
  • meet the course prerequisites, including completion of relevant ATAR subjects (or equivalent).
Upcoming courses
  • Physical science, 26 to 30 June 2023
  • Mathematics, 3 to 7 July 2023
  • Digital technologies, 10 to 14 July 2023.
Course dates for education support and physical science are to be confirmed.

Course information

The five-day course covers both core curriculum and practical teaching approaches required to teach Year 7 and 8 mathematics. This course is designed and delivered by Notre Dame University in Fremantle.

To participate you must have an ATAR (or equivalent) in mathematics and not currently be studying to specialise in this area.

In collaboration with the Science Teachers Association of Western Australia (STAWA) our five day physical science course is designed and delivered by practising science teachers.

This course focuses on Year 9 and 10 physics and chemistry curriculum and teaching, including ideas for practical activities. It is suited to pre-service teachers with a background in biological sciences wanting to further develop their content knowledge and confidence using equipment when conducting experiments.

Developed in collaboration with our education support schools and the Western Australian Education Support Principals Association, this course provides participants theoretical and practical experience in both primary and secondary school settings over five days.

In addition to Western Australian curriculum, reporting and assessment, the course will have a particular focus on communication. This includes understanding the importance of working with students, their parents, therapists, and other professionals to ensure that each student's needs are met.

This course provides pre-service teachers not currently specialising in digital technologies the opportunity to upskill into the high demand area. Participants will cover Year 7 and 8 digital technology content over five days at Hampton Senior High School.

More professional learning opportunities

We also offer professional learning opportunities through our pre-service teacher hubs. Hubs offer short after-school professional learning and networking opportunities. There are 4 hubs in the metropolitan area:

  • Ashdale Secondary College
  • Carine Senior High School
  • Comet Bay College
  • Melville Senior High School.
There are upcoming science, technologies, engineering and maths professional learning opportunities at these venues, as follows.
Date Professional learning topic Venue Time
Thursday 11 May 2023 High-Impact Teaching Strategies Carine Senior High School 4 pm to 5 pm
Thursday 18 May 2023 Classroom Management Strategies Comet Bay College 4 pm to 5 pm
Wednesday 7 June 2023 Modern Classroom within Digital Technologies: A blended learning approach Ashdale Secondary College 4 pm to 5 pm
Thursday 22 June 2023 Introduction to Online Resources in Department of Education schools Melville Senior High School 4 pm to 5 pm

There are also hubs in regional areas including the Kimberley, Pilbara, Goldfields, Midwest, Southwest and Wheatbelt. Regional hub events are aimed at pre-service teachers completing a professional experience in a regional school.

If you would like more information about our short courses or future dates, call 9264 0098 or email

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