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9.00am - 4.00pm - Log in between 8.30am and 9.00am Victorian Time

Webinar via Zoom

All Casual Relief Teachers and any other educators

$330 + GST

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No applications for this program will be accepted after all vacancies have been filled. Unsuccessful applicants will have any monies paid refunded in full. Cancellation made prior to the prior to 14 days from the event date will incur a 25% service charge per applicant. This program will be payable for in full for cancellations made within 14 days of the event or for failure to attend the program. Participants will be sent a Zoom link which is only to be used by the registered person, if any other unregistered person views the webinar without registration, they will be liable for the full registration plus an additional 25% administration fee. No attendance certificates will be issued until all monies are paid in full. Any cancellation must be made in writing and emailed to In the event of insufficient applications this program will not proceed, and registration monies paid will be fully refunded. Critical Agendas Pty Ltd will not be accepting liability for any other associated costs. Critical Agendas Pty Ltd reserves the right to vary the advertised program prior to commencement.

CRT doesn’t stand for chaotic, rowdy and traumatic. Join us to learn more on Calm Rewarding Teaching as a Casual Relief Teacher in 2024

8.30am – 9.00am – Webinar Log in.

9.00am – 10.30am – Presentation 1 -Sally Learey – “Engaging Students as a CRT”

As a CRT you need to quickly build rapport and relationships with students.

This session will explore how to do that using:

  • the principles of engagement
  • respectful communication
  • activities and ideas to motivate students to engage
  • the power of role modelling

10.30am – 11.00am – Morning Tea.

11.00am – 12.30pm – Presentation 2- Adam Kruger – High Impact teaching Strategies

Calling all CRTs! Enhance your teaching toolkit with our workshop focusing on High Impact Strategies tailored to meet the diverse needs of any classroom you encounter. Explore engaging activities, rapid feedback techniques, effective goal-setting practices, and quick rapport-building methods to excel in your teaching role. Attendees will walk away with:

  • Data-informed, tried, and tested teaching strategies
  • The ability to gather and analyse data in short amounts of time
  • Effective feedback techniques focusing on student growth

Elevate your classroom presence and leave a lasting impact on students’ learning experiences.

12.30pm – 1.00pm – Lunch

1.00pm – 2.30pm – Presentation 3 – Dave Vinegrad – Thriving and surviving as a CRT.

Few teachers other than CRT’s understand the demands of the role.  Some days can be heaven and others can be less than a joy.  Finding the school, travelling to the school, discovering the work for each class, finding the room and settling the class down so at least peace prevails can be a doddle or sometimes a headache.  Those CRT’s who seem to thrive don’t do it by luck, they have a magic folder of resources, use a bunch of clever strategies to manage the non-stop demands of a Prep class or the bush lawyers gathering at the back of your next Year 9 classroom.

This 90 minute session will provide participants with:

  • A flowchart to surviving the trip to the school and the first 5 minutes when arriving at the school
  • Approaches to take with oppositional students and those who refuse to give you their names
  • How to set up the classroom for success with rules, blu tac and do-now activities
  • How to avoid staffroom politics & work the room 
  • How to leave the school at the end of the day with heads held high & 100% accountability
  • What to do when there is a crisis and when the lesson plan states ‘the class know what to do!’

2.30pm – 2.35pm Mini – Break

2.35pm – 4.00pm – Presentation 4 – Greg Mitchell – Unshaken

Have you ever picked up a can of Coke that someone else has shaken up and ended up in a mess? That’s pretty much what teaching a child with trauma is like when you are a casual relief teacher!

The numbers around trauma impacted students in Australia are variable but up to 40% of Australian students have been exposed to or have witnessed traumatic stressors.

That means in the average class you may have a whole bunch of agitated cans at different stages, and you might be the person who just might open them up!

An unprepared class that suddenly has a Casual Relief Teacher could be a trigger!

This workshop details the ways in which you can…

  • Win the first ten minutes
  • Be better prepared for unexpected responses
  • Use thoughtful low risk interactions
  • Specifically start to build relationships
  • Promote predictability and consistency
  • How to construct a feedback sandwich
  • Teach techniques to “change the channel”
  • Find a kid’s confidence button
  • Know what the exclusionary options are.
  • Look after your own mental health.

With a little bit of forethought each one of these strategies can turn a potentially traumatic experience for you into a therapeutic encounter for everyone.

4.00pm Webinar End



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Sally Learey

Sally Learey is a renowned keynote speaker, author and education consultant. As well as teaching, she holds qualifications in training, positive psychology, coaching and counselling. Sally has worked in both training and primary and secondary teaching sectors across a variety of educational settings. Sally is also an author of 7 books ranging from children’s books to adult non-fiction. She is passionate about supporting the wellbeing of teachers and leaders in education. Sally empowers teachers to create classrooms and learning environments that are inclusive for all students. As a mother of a son with special needs which includes ASD, she has a wealth of personal and professional expertise in this area.

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Adam Kruger

Adam Kruger – Assistant Principal at Lyndhurst Secondary College (Previously Head of Mathematics Faculty, Wesley College, Glen Waverley) and Scott Rumble – Assistant Principal at Clyde Secondary College have been involved in mathematical professional development for a number of years. Both working in a number of roles from Mathematics Learning Area leaders, Numeracy Leaders, Curriculum Development, Year Level Coordinator, Senior School Leader, to Acting Assistant Principal (Senior School/Curriculum). They have also been Directors of the Casey and Cardinia Mathematics Network.

Both believe that teaching and leading with warmth and enthusiasm, looking at the personal interests and strengths of their students is a key to achieving great success. Their interest, experience, and expertise in educating students at all levels is reflected in their broad teaching and leadership career. Both are celebrated presenters who work extensively with students, teachers and organisations in areas of leadership, data analysis, numeracy and literacy development, effective feedback strategies, restorative justice practices, accelerated learning, building connections outside the classroom, creative and critical thinking, learning styles, multiple intelligences and cooperative learning.

Adam and Scott have presented on numerous occasions for a range of organisations and school associations with the main focus of developing change in the classroom. Their passion for teaching has been the main driver for developing a range of programs at their college. The student growth that is achieved not only within these programs but in their classrooms is undeniable proof that their hard work and a love of this profession are the building blocks of great success. Adam and Scott have recently began developing a book Teach like a STAR which will be the driving force behind using their popular STAR methodology and approach towards building positive change in the classroom.

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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. He has played a major role in the introduction of restorative practices into schools in Australia and internationally and 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 undertaking and developing a wide range of roles including recent work in Japan and Brazil.

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Greg Mitchell

Greg Mitchell is an established and highly sought after consultant who works with teachers, parents and administrators where it counts… in schools and in classrooms. He regularly teaches in classrooms in primary and secondary schools all over Australia demonstrating the changes that really work. Greg is an exceptional presenter with the ability to connect with educators, to challenge them and provide many practical strategies that work! Great knowledge, practical, dynamic and very entertaining!

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Just a big Thank you for giving us the opportunity to attend the Critical Agenda Workshop yesterday.  David presented a great program, lots of handy strategies and he was very engaging and supportive. Highly recommended.  I was very happy we did not have to do any Role play’s. 

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